The Bellarmine College Preparatory FIRST Robotics Team 254, “The Cheesy Poofs,” claimed victory in the FIRST Silicon Valley Regional Tournament, held March 28 – 31 at the San Jose State University Event Center. The win marks the 11th consecutive victory at this event for Team 254, who joined with alliance partners Team 973 The Greybots from Atascadero and Team 2367 Lancer Robotics from Mountain View. Bellarmine’s Team 254 has won the Silicon Valley Regional 19 of 20 times since 1999.
The competition drew 60 teams, mostly from California, but also from Rio Grande do Sul, New South Wales, Santo Domingo, and Istanbul.
“At the Silicon Valley Regional, we would not have been able to be so successful without the amazing teams that we were able to work with during our qualification and elimination matches,” noted Bellarmine sophomore and Team 254 member, Shruthik Musukula.
Team 254’s robot, Lockdown, was designed and built in Bellarmine’s on-campus Robotics lab. Team 254 also won the Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation for its autonomous code, and one of the team’s mentors, Nick Hammes, received the Volunteer of the Year award. The victory also marks the team earning it’s 50th Blue Banner, given to division winners, world champions, regional champions, and regional chairman’s award winners.
Bellarmine’s Robotics Team 254 is moderated by faculty members Brad Lindemann, Dan Judnick, Peng Yav, David Dutton, and Adam Wilson. The team will next be competing at the FIRST Championship in Houston, April 18-21, with teams from the south and western U.S. and countries across the world, including Israel, Australia, and China.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. The not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.