The effort in the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) is significant. None of the 67,500 students (2,700 teams) has any idea prior to the event kickoff what the challenge will be. In six weeks, the Team must work together to strategize about the problem presented, test and develop prototypes, design a machine with half a dozen sub-systems, test, likely re-design at least some of those systems, and test again. It is a demanding, difficult, but very worthwhile task that is taken on and these students deserve recognition for their efforts. The students complete this while balancing school work, other activities, jobs, etc.
The competition we are attending is the North Star Regional event which takes place March 28-29th, at the Mariucci Arena, University of MN Campus in the Twin Cities. Team 3293’s matches will be broadcast live and there will be a few thousand fans in the stands cheering on the 64 Teams that will attend this Regional Event. I will keep you informed as to where the event can be viewed live on the web as we get closer to the date.
FIRST Robotics was endorsed by the MSHSL Two years ago and Team 3293 competed in the inaugural Robotics State tournament in 2012. The top 30 Teams in MN will be invited to the tournament (out of about 180). Team 3293 fell just short of making it again 2013. It is no secret among the Team that we set a target to get back to that MN State Tournament in 2014 (May 17th). We should know the results sometime around April 9th.
The Team also thanks our local sponsors, StoneL, Otter Tail Power, and the 544 Foundation. Nothing the Team does would be possible without their generous support.