FIRST Robotics Team 3044 from Ballston Spa High School made an excellent showing at the regional competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, March 10 through March 12, 2011.
Many weeks of planning, engineering and team effort culminated in the excitement of the regional event held in Worcester, Massachusetts. A total of 36 teams from around the northeast participated three days of intensive activity on the WPI campus.
In the 2011 FIRST Robotics contest, Logo Motion, the robots built by the students had to grasp, elevate and maneuver three different geometric-shaped inflatable rings to place them on pegs. Team oxBE4 nicknamed their 2011 entry “Rosie,” and the design proved capable of performing the tasks required.
If you watched some of the regionals action in person or on the live web cam, the arena was noisy and congested, with six robotic devices going at once during the 11 qualifying rounds. There were times when Rosie and the robots from other teams moved with incredible efficiency in picking-up and placing the objects. At other points, the movement was not so elegant, and it was clear just how many different factors had to be synchronized for every successful step.
Guyson Corporation is one of the local sponsors of the Ballston group. We are very proud of the performance of Team 3044. Great job, team!