Three high school teams from the Southside were among 57 statewide robotics teams that learned about the challenges and components for this year’s IndianaFIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition.
The University of Indianapolis was one of four sites for the rollout earlier this month of the Infinite Recharge game field and challenge details for the first time.
The Southside teams returning to this year’s competition are: CyberBlue234 from Perry Meridian High School; CyberCards1529 from Southport High School and Red Alert1741 from Center Grove High School. Last year, the CyberBlue team won the state championship and qualified for the world finals in Detroit. Teams are given a different robotics challenge each year.
Each team received their kit that included motors, batteries, control system components, construction materials and a mix of additional automation components. With limited instructions, each team will work with experienced mentors from various engineering and technological fields. The teams will have about six weeks to design, build, program and test their robots to meet the 2020 engineering challenge.
Teams compete in Indiana district events that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration and determination and adaptability of students. They immediately began brain-storming and drawing up initial designs for their robots after the presentation at UIndy.
During competitions, two alliances of three teams each compete on a field using balls to shoot and score points. However, the field conditions change, and students must adapt to new challenges on the fly.
This year’s challenge has an outer-space theme. In Infinite Recharge, two alliances work to protect FIRST City from asteroids by racing to collect and score power cells for maximum protection.
Perry Meridian High School is host to district competition March 27-28 with the Indiana State Championship at Lafayette Jefferson High School, April 4-5.
Also announced, IndianaFIRST will be rebranded into FIRST Indiana Robotics and partner with the FIRST LEGO League Junior, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics competition programs.
Worldwide, more than 3,600 teams, 91,000 students and nearly 26,000 professional mentors representing 27 countries are participating in the 2020 competition.
FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire youngsters and teens participation in science and technology and to pursue career STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.
Info: www.indianafirst.org or www.firstinspires.org.