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Robotics Club Receives "Rookie All Star" Award

March 11, 2013: On March 7-9th, 2013 the FullMetal Falcons, Xavier's robotics team number 4557, competed at WPI's FIRST Regional Tournament featuring 40 teams from all over the world! The event took place at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA., one of nine regional events of its kind held last weekend.

Competing at the event were Alan Harrington `13 (East Hampton) – Project Manager, Tushar Vig `13 (Durham) – Assoc. Project Manager, Nick Iott `13 (North Haven), Miles Mortali `13 (Old Saybrook), Christian Cannata `13 (Cromwell), Stephen Olis `13 (New Britain), Ethan Damuck `13 (East Haddam), Jonathan O'Brien `13 (East Hampton), Daniel Colavecchio `14 (Colchester), Zach Radel `15 (Middletown) – Safety Officer, Liam Iorio `15 (East Hampton), Jameson Kief `16 (Plantsville), Kevin Iott `16 (North Haven), Sean Morrissey `16 (Southington), Connor LoPresti `16 (Middletown) and Abhishek Gupta `16 (Rocky Hill).

After 12 rounds the team placed 25th out of 40, with a total of 623 points.

The FullMetal Falcons won four awards:

  • "#1 for Pit Safety"
  • Underwriters' Laboratory "Star of the Day"
  • "Highest Rookie Seed" Award celebrating the highest-seeded rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds
  • "Rookie All Star" Award celebrating the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST: To inspire students to learn more about science and technology. 
The Rookie All Star award came with an invitation to the Championships at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri April 24 - 27 where qualifiers from all over the World will come together to compete one more time.

FIRST is a program designed to inspire high school students to pursue higher education and careers in science, technology, and engineering through hands-on mentorship from people in those fields.

This year's FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition game, "Ultimate Ascent," involved robots competing in alliances of three-on- three on a 27-by-54-foot field over two days of qualifying and elimination matches. The goal was for each robot trio to shoot as many Frisbees as possible into their scoring zones within two minutes and 15 seconds. This weekend, teams from Great Britain, DC, CT, MA. RI, NY, VT, NH, ME competed at the WPI Regional.

The robots had to navigate through the opposing alliance, which would attempt to block their Frisbee shots. The competition includes an “autonomous” period where the robots are programmed to score on their own and a “teleoperator” period where the robots are controlled remotely by the high school students.

Photos by Nick Iott and Shannon Kief

About FIRST® 
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. Over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies support FIRST. FIRST offers more than $16 million in college scholarships, and hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

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