Robotics Team Heads to Nationals: Added 4/21/2017

Eastridge Robotics Team 3157 is heading to St. Louis, Missouri for the FIRST Robotics Championships April 27-29. 11 students and 3 coaches will represent the team at the event which is to take place at the Edward Jones Dome, the former home of the St. Louis Rams. There will be nearly 400 teams taking part in the competition representing dozens of countries.

The Eastridge team participated in the Finger Lakes Regional in mid-March and claimed the Jack Kamen Imagery Award which “celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance.” The robot, named Lance, features a “steampunk” aesthetic while the members of the drive team and pit crew wear matching costumes complete with top hats, steampunk goggles, and Victorian clothing.

The competition game this year is called FIRST Steamworks and requires two teams of robots to prepare their airships for takeoff. Points are scored by collecting fuel cells and depositing them in a “boiler” as well as acquiring large gears from a loading station and delivering them to human pilots who stand atop the team’s airship. The match concludes with each robot attempting to climb a rope suspended from the airship as they ready for takeoff.

Eastridge Robotics Team 3157 is participating in its 8th season and consists of nearly 30 students and 10 adult members. The team is sponsored by Bausch & Lomb-Valeant and State Senator Rich Funke with production services donated by OptiPro and Whirlwind.

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