Flexicell is excited to congratulate FIRST Robotics Team 384, Sparky and Team 1080, Resurgance for qualifying for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship in St. Louis, April 27-30, 2017.
Sparky 384 is a student led organization at J.R. Tucker High School in Henrico County, VA that participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition. This growing team with a passion for science and technology has a history of competitive success. Sparky’s passion has lead the team to the FRC World Chamionship in St. Loius 10 times. Sparky 384 won 1st place in the Chesapeake District this past weekend. Already taking home the title for 1st place Northern Virginia District and 1st place Central Virginia District.
Resurgence 1080 is a community team in Henrico County, Virginia for students aged 14-18 that share their love of engineering and technology and participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Team 1080, Resurgence, Bringing home the Industrial Design Award and placing 6th in the Chesapeake Discrtict.
About the Competition
FIRST Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the Mind. Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
Teams have a few hours to work on their robots the day before the competition. The day of the competition the teams must have their robots inspected and approved. Teams engage in practice matches which then move to qualification matches. Each qualifying match team work together with an alliance partner which is chosen. During the matches students scout the other teams to know what the team is capable of for future reference. Once the team moves on to the finals, they are allowed to chose their alliance partners. Students then refer to the notes taken during the scouting to analyse the teams and who they want to work with. During the matches the teams gain points for picking up and moving gears then hanging them in the designated area. Teams also shoot balls for points and the robot needs to climb a rope. The competitions are close and competitive and can come down to winning by one point.
Each year, Flexicell, Inc. opens its manufacturing facility at 10463 Wilden Drive in Ashland, VA to provide assembly space, engineering assistance, and mentorship to the robotics teams during the 6-week period allowed in which to build their competitive robots. Teams are provided by FIRST with a common kit of approved parts and the robots have a size and weight limit. They must be designed and built to competition-ready completion with the 6-week period.
Flexicell engineers volunteer their after-hours time to mentor the teams, providing engineering and production resources, the use of the Flexicell facility to build and test their robots, and donations of materials and supplies for the robots. The mentors discuss problems, encourage solutions, and provide guidance and discipline for the complex task. Flexicell’s logo is featured on the robot bodies.
FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21 st century work-life skills.
Read more about the Impact of FIRST.
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