This is an interesting story that occurs at the crossroads of education, robotics, competition, and of course – fun. JobGiraffe is a proud sponsor of the inaugural Hinsdale Central FIRST robotics team. They are technically FIRST Robotics Team # 4979, but they proudly go by the name of DevilStorm Robotics (click here to check out their Facebook page).
A little explanation, the FIRST Robotics Competition is a multi-national competition for high school students. The students work side-by-side with scientists, engineers and teachers with the aim of building their own robot. They build the robot while trying to solve an specific engineering design problem/challenge in a competitive and engaging manner – namely a sports-like competition (which is meant quite literally, the competition occurs in a basketball stadium filled with people who are ardently cheering their favorite robot and team on). As explained on the FIRST Robotics Competition website; each team is given a “Kit of Parts,” a common set of rules, limited resources and time constraints. The teams are then challenged to design, build, and program a 120 lb. robot to perform the tasks of that season’s “game” (to see a demonstration of the specifics of how the game works please check out the video below the article). The students also gain the valuable skills of fundraising, designing a team “brand,” and honing their teamwork skills.
DevilStorm’s robot is named Shannon and she is a quick and nimble little machine. She is designed to not only maneuver the court of the game, which is called Aerial Assist, but to also throw a ball into one of two different “goals” (one of which is higher, resulting in more points), and to use her bumpers and speed to try and stop the other team’s robots from making any goals themselves. You can also get points for assists, or moving into the other teams space, successfully passing the ball to robot on your team, and for a variety of other feats (again, the video below explains the specifics of game the best). Each match is split into two different sections, an autonomous part and a human-controlled part. The exciting part about all of this is that Shannon was successfully designed to play this game all on her own, without any input from humans, as well as to be remote controlled. Now that’s impressive!
We are proud to announce that the DevilStorm Robotics team recently competed in their first robotics competition, the Midwest Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. They ended up being on the winning alliance/team for 6 of the 12 qualification matches. Even more impressively they were awarded the Rookie All-Star Award for the Midwest region! Because of this they have been invited to the World Championship Competition that will be held in St. Louis at the end of April. In St. Louis there will be approximately 400 teams, invited from around the world. It’s clearly a large honor to be invited, especially as a rookie team.
We at JobGiraffe are very proud of DevilStorm Robotics team and their fantastic achievement in being awarded the Rookie All-Star Award! If you’d like to see more pictures, or to contact the team for potential sponsorship, please visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/devilstormrobotics.
Good luck to Shannon at the World Championship Competition, we’ll be rooting for you!