Events

February 19, 2014

NASA Dryden-sponsored tams do well at FIRST tech challenge tourney

Robots from team 72, the Garagebots, and team 4344, the Rickrollers, compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge “Block Party” game.

Twenty-four FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams from Southern California battled it out in the High Desert FTC tournament at the Desert Christian Schools gymnasium in Lancaster, Calif., Feb. 1.

The 24 teams competed on a field where four robots – one pair of robots against the others– place blocks in baskets on a balancing beam, then raise a flag, and finally hang from a bar before the end of the 2½-minute match.

PHI robotics, a local independent team sponsored by NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin and mentored in part by NASA Dryden engineers, hosted the competition but did not compete itself. However, other teams mentored and supported by NASA Dryden did well in the competition. Team 72, the Garagebots, played heavy defense all day and became part of the winning alliance of robots. Team 4344, the Rickrollers, made it to the semi-finals and although not qualifying for the next competition, was named winner of the Motivate Award.

The Garagebots, team 72, is mentored by David Voracek, chief technologist at NASA Dryden, and its members are all students at Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Calif.

The Rickrollers, team 4344, is mentored by Dryden aerospace engineer and project manager John Kelly, is composed of students who attend Valley Oaks Charter School in Tehachapi. Members of PHI teams 452 and 4322, mentored in part by NASA Dryden engineers Joe Pahle and Bill Lokos along with three other mentors from Northrop Grumman, are generally home schooled or students at Desert Christian High School in Lancaster.

From left: Fernando Escalante, James Kelly and Everett Gallella from the Rickrollers, team 4344, concentrate on controlling their robot during a match.

Both PHI robotics teams 452 and 4322 and the Garagebots team 72 will compete in the Los Angeles regional FTC competition in Monrovia on Feb 22, along with five other teams from the Lancaster competition. They include teams 4512, West Torrance; 5011, the Botsquad; 7372, the Norbots; 7328 I.C.E. and 8039, the Adrenaline Snails.

The FIRST Tech Challenge is a robotics competition for middle- and high-school age students aged 13-18. Although similar to the original FIRST Robotics Competition, teams in the FIRST Tech Challenge build much smaller, less expensive robots.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

List of events – July 2015 Pt. 2

July 17 — Lecture: Discovery at Mars, Pasadena, Calif. www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2015&month=7 July 17 — Colloquium: Altitude Bounds in Gamma-Ray Pulsars from Pair Transparency Constraints, Sydney, Australia www.atnf.csiro.au/news/news.php?action=show_item&item_id=1419 July 18 — Space Exposition: Moon Day 2015, Dallas, Texas www.flightmuseum.com/...
 
 

List of events – July 2015

July 3 — Project Dragonfly – i4is Student Laser-Sail Design Competition Workshop, London, United Kingdom www.bis-space.com/2015/06/09/14793/project-dragonfly-i4is-student-laser-sail-design-competition-workshop July 3-5 — 3rd UNISEC-Global Meeting, Tokyo, Japan www.unisec-global.org/ July 3-8 — International Symposium and Workshop on Astrochemistry, Campinas, Brazil www1....
 
 

Events for June 2015

June 1-3 — Workshop: The Near-IR Background II – From Reionization to the Present Epoch, Garching, Germany www.mpa-garching.mpg.de/nirb2015/ June 1-4 — Local Group Astrostatistics Conference, Ann Arbor, Mich. www.lsa.umich.edu/mira/workshopsconferences/localgroupastrostatistics Jun 1-5 — Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets (MOP) 2015 Conference, Atlanta, Ga. http://mop.g...
 

 

Headlines May 18, 2015

News: Marine dead, 21 hospitalized in Osprey hard landing in Hawaii – The Marine Corps has said one Marine has died after an Osprey aircraft made a hard landing in Hawaii and the 21 other people on board were taken to hospitals. Corps identifies six Marines killed in Nepal helicopter crash – The Marine Corps identified the...
 
 

Torrance annual Armed Forces Day celebration this weekend

May 15-17, the City of Torrance will pay tribute to the nation’s Armed Forces with its 56th Annual Armed Forces Day Celebration and Parade–the City’s longest standing tradition and the largest Armed Force Day Parade in the United States. Each year, the city honors a different military branch; this year highlights the United States Coast...
 
 

Retiree Appreciation Day set for May 16

Edwards AFB will host its 2015 Military Retiree Appreciation Day 8-11 a.m., May 16. The event will be held at the Oasis Community Center in Bldg. 2500 at 205 West Popson Ave. All military retirees and their spouses are invited to attend. After the opening ceremony, attendees will have the opportunity to visit a variety...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>