Team 4021 Welcomes You!
Last Updated: Monday, 24 July 2017 05:11
We are more than pleased that you could take time out of your day and visit our site. We are currently in our sixth season of participating in the FIRST organization. We were excited to make it to St. Louis four years ago and participate in the FIRST National Competition. This gave us the opportunity to compete with robotics teams from around the world, and we hope to enjoy that same experience in this years competition.
2017 FIRST Robotics Challenge: Steamworks
It's the new year, and IgKnightion Robotics is working hard! We started our season by going up to Rochester, MN, where local teams gathered to watch the official FIRSt stream that revealed this years game; steamworks. In the new game points are scored by collecting "fuel" balls and shooting them into the boiler to gain steam so that the teams airship can take flight. In addition to this, the robots must also collect gears and deliver them to the pilots that are waiting on the airship, the pilots have to put the gears in place and once the gear train is complete, the pilots crank to start the rotors. This is the first game that has players inside the arena. The robots have to latch to the airship before the game ends by climbing the ropes that their pilots drop. More information about Steamworks can be found in the link below.
The Luther High School IgKnightion Robotics team will be participating in a scrimmage for Seven Rivers Robotics Coalition (7RRC) in Caladona, MN. The event takes place in Februaryfrom the 12th to the 19th, the time for the event still has yet to be announced. Our build season is all leading up to the FIRST regional competition in La Crosse, WI. The tournament takes place from April 12th to April 15th, over 50 teams compete at the regional, but only the best have the opportunity to advance to the National Competition in La Crosse.
Steamworks Informational Video: https://youtu.be/RwwnblSW6hY
In 2012 our robot won the Rookie All-Star award at the regional competion in the Twin Cities. This win made us eligible to compete at Nationals in St. Louis!
A Little Bit About FRC & FIRST
FRC(FIRST Robotics Competition) is a high school level robotics competition where students miraculously experience where a career in science, technology, engineering, and math can lead them. The unique part of this program is that students are expected to work hand-in-hand with professional engineer volunteers to design and build, in six weeks, a robot about the size and weight of a high school student (up to 150 lb & 5 feet tall). The robot has to compete in a game that changes every year. This is a challenge for both student and engineer creativity.
Teams are formed in the fall with an annual game kickoff the first weekend in January where the season's game will be revealed. This starts the six-week design and build. Competitions of 40 to 70 robots take place in March and April in arenas across North America and in Israel. This is capped by the FIRST National Tournament involving 350 teams from around the world.
FIRST is an international organization which uses competitive robotics as a vehicle to promote student creativity and education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). FIRST allows high school students to work side by side with professional mentors to learn skills ranging from engineering to marketing, animation, and business.