River City Robots “Channel Cats” earned the Gracious Professionalism Award at the FIRST® Robotics Challenge “Ultimate Ascent” event held on March 14-16 at the Chaifetz Arena. This award recognizes a team whose members show each other and other teams respect at all times, and recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field. Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.
River City Robots is a sponsor of the SCC Robotronix Team 8090 who recently won the Mechanical Design Award and has advanced to the FIRST® Lego League North American Championship Tournament in Carlsbad, California at Legoland on May 17-19. The Channel Cats have sponsored 30 FLL teams in 2012 and over 90 FLL teams in the last two years.
This year’s FIRST® Robotics competition “Ultmate Ascent” scored points for each Frisbee fired into a goal. Bonus points are awarded during the first 15 seconds of a match, where the robots operate autonomously without students running the controls. The Channel Cats relied on a multifaceted design that scooped discs off the playing field, shoots them into one of three goals, and finished the match by suspending the 136 lb. robot on a bar for 10 bonus points.
The next FIRST® event being held in the St. Louis area is the World Championship at the Edward D. Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25-27. See www.usfirst.org or www.stlfirst.org for more information.