The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) was held during February and March this year, and ICS students Andre Dorogi (Year 10) and Josh Moran (Year 7) competed in both the Southern Cross Regional Division and in the South Pacific Regional Division, winning awards in both categories. Now their team is headed to the USA to compete in the World Championships.
What is the FIRST Robotics Competition?
Check out this video to get more of a feel for what the FIRST Robotics competition aims to do.
Andre’s and Josh’s team is called Project Bucephalus (#5985). Teams are made up of students and adult mentors. Project Bucephalus is a team consisting of 31 students from 15 high schools.
2019 FIRST Robotics Competition brief
In the FIRST Robotics Competition every year, each team has six weeks to build and program a fully functioning robot. The robot must be under 50kg and has to be 83cm by 71cm by 139cm tall at the start of the game. Here’s the brief for the 2019 competition:
The game is always played on an 8 x 16m field and the robot is controlled wirelessly by the driver at the driver’s station. Project Bucephalus’s robot was able to deliver the hatch panels to all levels of the rocket and cargo ship, deliver cargo to all levels of the rocket and cargo ship and able to climb to level 3 (1 foot, 10 inches above the carpet).
Two amazing awards for Project Bucephalus
In back-to-back robotics competitions over the last month, their team achieved an incredible result.
They went into the finals ranked as the number one team and put up a stellar performance with their chosen alliance partners (from Barker College and a local team from Elonera Montessori School, mentored by Project Bucephalus), winning the 2019 Southern Cross Regional FIRST Robotics Championships in Sydney against 40 teams from 9 countries.
Two days later they were back competing in the South Pacific Regional Championships alongside an Australian and international field of 66 teams. They were awarded the Chairman’s Award which is the most prestigious award in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The award recognises a team that reflects sustained excellence and impact within the FIRST community, in its own community and beyond. The award-winning video presentation was filmed and produced largely by Andre Dorogi and it is an amazing testament to his talents in this area. Check it out:
The students managed the outstanding feat of receiving the two highest awards possible—not to mention qualifying for the World Championships in Houston (next month!) to represent Australia with 400 teams from 70 countries.
Well done to Josh and Andre for their hard work and amazing achievement. We wish Project Bucephalus all the best as they travel to the USA in the next few weeks to compete!