Since Saturday, September 9, the Parker Robotics FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams have been busy designing, building, testing and redesigning their robots to compete in the FIRST Chicago League.
After winning the Inspire Award, the top award at the Chicago League Championships, the US Robotics team, Robotheosis, traveled to Elgin, IL to compete in the two-day Illinois State Tournament last weekend.
On Saturday, February 18th, while most students at Parker were vacationing, Francis W. Parker’s high school robotics team, 3507 Robotheosis, competed in the Chicago League Championship. The team entered the Championship ranked second among 34 teams in the Chicago League. The team was very excited and quite confident in their robot’s ability to succeed due to their 11-3-1 record from the past three Chicago League events.
On Saturday, January, 7th, Robotheosis contended in the 3rd and final North Division Meet. We went 3-1-1 and we are currently 2nd in the Chicago League.
On Saturday, December 3rd, 3507 battled at Devry University High shool. We won 4/5 matches. Following this event we were still 1st in the North Division and in the top 5 in the Chicago League.
On Saturday, November 5th 3507 Robotheosis Competed at Francis W. Parker school in the 1st meeting in the North Division of the Chicao League.
Robotheosis won 4/5 matches losing their only match to the first place team.
Team 3507 sucessfully performed 4 40pt autonomous runs.
Come see us at the Chicago League Championship at Benito Juarez High School on February 18.
On October 7, 2016 our school held its County Fair. Each year at the fair each grade hosts one or more booths. These booths range from popcorn and cotton candy to mini golf and robotics. In the past, we have typically run Vex Kit robots. We would typically spend two weeks of our season building these robots and not learning anything related to the FTC build systems and electronics systems. Therefore, this year we decided to make 4 FTC robots. We built a tank bot, omni robot, and two mecanum robots, which were detailed in yesterday's entry.
We allowed kids (and some adults) of all ages to drive the robots on this year’s FTC field. The kids had a blast and the parents loved it. While the kids played, we talked to parents about FIRST, about robotics and about how their kids can get involved with robotics. This was very successful as many parents were interested in getting their kids involved in robotics.
This past weekend, members of the US Robotics Team loaded up a trailer full of their tools and extra parts and drove down to the NFL stadium in St Louis to compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championships. As this is the culmination event for the season, there were over 600 teams from almost 30 countries competing on 8 separate fields on the same floor where the St Louis Rams used to play every Sunday. Parker's Robotic Colonels competed in the Archimedes division sometimes aligned with and sometimes opposing 75 other teams...
FTC team 3507 Robotheosis competed at the Illinois FTC State Tournament on February 27th. They placed 28th in the tournament, but being an almost all freshman team they are very happy. At the tournament Robotheosis won two of their five matches and got mentioned as a finalist for the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award.