FLINT TWP. — The Megatron Oracles, Team 314, of Carman- Ainsworth High School were among 39 schools competing last weekend in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition district tournament held at Kettering University.
C-A finished ninth overall in rankings including two additional points earned by winning the Judge’s Award.
Several others schools from Genesee County participated including the Goodrich High School. More Martian’s Team # 70 which finished first in the rankings; The Swartz Creek High School Dragons, Team # 1243 which ranked 15th, the Davison High School House of Cards, Team # 3534 ranked 19th and the Grand Blanc High School EngiNERDs Team # 2337 ranked 26 and also winner of five extra points for the Delphi Engineering Excellence Award. Team from Powers Catholic High School, Flint Northern, Linden High School. Flushing High School and the Genesee Robotics Area Youth Team of Fenton also participated.
The three-day event began Thursday when maintenance pits opened for teams to set up.
Qualifying matches began Friday and continued through Saturday morning, followed by Elimination Rounds and an Awards Ceremony.
Competition in the event called Ultimate Ascent involved teams being split into two alliances – with three red teams and three blue teams. Guided by computer operators on the sidelines, the robots on the playing field competed to score by tossing Frisbees into goals at each end of the arena. Higher positioned goals netted higher scores during the two-minute-fifteen-second match.
At the end of the match, the robots earned additional points by climbing a color-coded pyramid located at each end of the field. Teams were ranked based on total points earned during the competition.
District matches where teams compete to earn more points are being held statewide during the rest of this month. The top 64 ranked teams in the state will move on to compete April 11-13 at the state championship at Eastern Michigan University.
Michigan’s top 27 teams will go on to compete at the World championship in St. Louis.
FIRST Robotics Competition started in 1989 as a means to interest young people in science and technology. FIRST divisions are offered at all grade levels.
FIRST Robotics Competitions are open to students ages 14-18 in Grades 9-12. This year, more than $16 million in scholarships is up for grabs nationwide for participants in FIRST Robotics competition.
For more information visit, their website at www.firstinmichigan.org