2012 Purdue Boilermaker Regional CHAMPIONS!

Huntington County 4-H FIRST Robotics team 1501 came home the winners of the 2012 Boilermaker FIRST Robotics Regional competition. This is the first regional win for Team 1501 after three silver medal finishes in recent seasons. The competition included 40 teams from the Midwest and was held at the Purdue University Campus in West Lafayette, IN. They competed on an alliance of three robotics teams; the other two being Team Argos 1756 of Peoria, IL as well as Team Eagle Robotics 4028 of Cincinnati, OH. This win secures them a position in the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis this April.

This years game, Rebound Rumble, is based on Basketball with robots shooting balls into tiered netted hoops and then challenged to balance all three robots on a teeter totter style bridge.

In addition to winning the regional, the team also took home the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors, and the Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories. Adi Ben-Yehoshua, a senior on the team is one of two students from the competition to be selected as a Finalists for the FIRST Dean’s List this award recognizes outstanding student leaders who embodies the ideals of FIRST

FIRST Robotics, FRC, is a “Varsity” sport for the mind. Combining the excitement of a sport with the rigors of science and technology.  Under strict rules, limited resources and limited time teams often with less than 20 students are challenged to raise funds, design a team brand, hone teamwork skills and then are given only 6 weeks to design, build and program then compete against other similar FRC teams. It is as close to real world engineering as a student can get.  Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

Students get:

To learn from professionals engineers, marketing and business professionals.
Build and compete with a robot of their own design.
Learn to and use sophisticated software and hardware.
Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments.
Earn a place in the World Championships.
Qualify to earn nearly $14.8 million in college scholarships.

Huntington County 4H First Robotics Team 1501 will be attending the World Championships April 25-28 and is currently in search of sponsors to help them raise $5, 000 to fund their trip where they will compete with over 340 other FRC teams from all over the world.

Our first “triple stack”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Links

Championships
http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/championship-event

FIRST
http://www.usfirst.org/

Huntington County 4H FIRST Robotics
http://www.huntingtonrobotics.org

More Photos from the 2012 Boilermaker Regional - via Wayne Doenges
http://www.flickr.com/photos/teamthrust1501/sets/72157629613020513/

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