Local robotics teams will compete in a robotics competition hosted by Northwestern High School

KOKOMO – On March 5th and March 6th, thousands of students, parents, teachers, and industry professionals will convene at Northwestern High School for the FIRST ® Robotics FRC competition.

More than 3,200 high school teams worldwide will participate in the FIRST ® Robotics Competition this year including some local teams.

The 2022 FIRST ® game called RAPID REACT has high school robotics team students around the world eager to capture a championship. After the game was revealed back in January, students have been brainstorming and drawing up designs for robots that will compete at several events this season. Teams had about 8 weeks to build their robots and now the competition season is underway. This event is the first in a series of three competitions that qualify teams to compete at the state championship where teams will qualify to move on to the world championship.

This event is the first one for the 2022 season. Sponsored by AndyMark in Kokomo Indiana.

Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research and Development and FIRST Founder

” FIRST isn’t about competing, it’s about cooperating, and recognizing that if you have the right tools, you’ll be able to make this world a better place for yourself and for the country,” said Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research and Development and FIRST Founder, adding, “There is no stimulus package that will have as much return as stimulating a bunch of kids to become the workforce of the future, the problem-solvers, the creators of the future.”

While the students are attracted to the challenge of building a robot, the main focus of FIRST ® is on the skills the students develop in the program.

The atmosphere of a robotics competition is markedly similar to a basketball game; fans decked out in spirited clothing, constant cheering, and the moments of euphoria when a team scores just before the buzzer rings. It’s a truly incredible experience for all involved.


EVENT: Kokomo District Event, High School Robotics Competition
WHERE: Northwestern High School, 3431 N. County Road 400 W, Kokomo, IN 46901
WHEN: March 5-6, 2022 – Saturday and Sunday
ADMISSION: No charge and open to the public
LIVE STREAM: http://www.indianafirst.org/


Friday, March 4, 2022
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Pits Open

Saturday, March 5, 2022
8:00 am – 10:30 am – Pits Open, Practice Rounds, Inspections
10:30 am – 11:00 am – Opening Ceremonies
11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Qualification Matches
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Lunch
2:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Qualification Matches
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Closing Ceremonies
8:00 pm – Pits Close*

Sunday, March 6, 2022
8:00 am – Pits Open
9:00 am – 9:30 am – Opening Ceremonies
9:30 am – 11:30 pm – Qualification Matches
11:45 pm – 12:15 pm – Alliance Selections
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm – Lunch
1:45 pm – 4:30 pm – Playoff Matches
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm – Awards Ceremony
6:30 pm – Pits Close*

Schedule subject to change. All times are estimated based on flow of rounds. See Pit Administration table for updated times.


Event Details: https://www.firstindianarobotics.org/frc/2022-kokomo-event-presented-by-andymark/

Printable Event Schedule: https://www.firstindianarobotics.org/wp/media/2022-FIN-Kokomo-public-schedule.docx.pdf

FRC Robotics 2022 Season Schedule: https://www.firstindianarobotics.org/frc-district-events-2022/

Kokomo District Event Team List

Team NumberTeam NameSchool/OrganizationLocationTwitter Handle *Team Website *
45TechnoKats Robotics TeamKokomo School CorporationKokomo, Indianahttp://www.technokats.org/
292PantherTechWestern School CorporationRussiaville, Indiana@FRC_Team_292https://www.thebluealliance.com/team/292
447Team RobotoDistrict Troup 447Anderson, Ind.@FRC447http://www.teamroboto.org/
461Westside Boiler InvasionWest Layfayette Junior/Senior High SchoolWest Lafayette, Indiana@FRC461https://boilerinvasion.org/
829Digital GoatsWarren/Walker Career CenterIndianapolis, Indiana@DigitalGoatshttp://www.warrenrobotics.net/
868TechHOUNDSCarmel High SchoolCarmel, Indiana@TechHOUNDS868http://www.techhounds.com/
1024Kil-A-BytesMcKenzie Center for Innovation and TechnologyIndianapolis, Indiana@FRC1024http://www.mckenzierobotics.org/wp/
1501Team THRUSTHuntington County 4-H RoboticsHuntington, Indiana@Team1501http://huntingtonrobotics.org/
1555CryonicsThe E3 Robotics CenterElkhart, Indiana@frcteam1555https://1555.team
1646Precision GuessworksLafayette Jefferson High SchoolLafayette, Indianahttps://first1646.com/
1720PhyXTGearsHome School GroupMuncie, Indiana@Team1720http://phyxtgears.org/
1747Harrison Boiler RoboticsHarrison High SchoolWest Lafayette, Indiana@1747roboticshttp://www.hbrlive.com/
2197The CougarsNew Prairie United School CorpNew Carlisle, Indiana@LasPumas2197https://www.laspumas2197.org/
3147Munster HorsePowerMunster High SchoolMunster, Indiana@HorsePower3147http://munsterhorsepower.com/
3487Red Pride RoboticsPlainfield High SchoolPlainfield, Indiana@Team3487http://earthquakers.wixsite.com/3487
3494The QuadranglesBloomington High School SouthBloomington, Indiana#FRC3494http://www.thequadrangles.com/
3559ThundercatsGreater Jasper Consolidated SchoolsJasper, Indiana@FRC3559http://www.jasperrobotics.com/
3865Riley WildbotsSouth Bend Community School CorpSouth Bend, Indiana#FRC3865http://frcteam3865.weebly.com/
3936RobotBlitzMichigan City Area SchoolsMichigan City, Indianahttp://roboblitz3936.com/
3940CyberToothNorthwestern Sr High SchoolKokomo, Indiana@3940CyberToothhttps://cybertooth3940.com/
4272Maverick Boiler RoboticsMcCutcheon High SchoolLafayette, Indiana@Team4272http://www.team4272.com/site/
4982Olympus RoboticsHomestead High SchoolFort Wayne, Indiana@OlympusRoboticshttps://twitter.com/frc_team_4926
5010Tiger DynastyFishers High SchoolFishers, Indiana@FRC5010http://tigerdynasty.org/
5402Iron KingsSoutheastern School CorpWalton, Indianahttps://www.thebluealliance.com/team/5402
5484Career Academy RoboticsCareer Academy South BendSouth Bend, Indiana@FRC5484http://team5484.com/
6498Castle High School RoboticsWarrick County School CorpNewburgh, Indiana#FRC6498https://www.thebluealliance.com/team/6498
6956Sham ROCK BoticsWestfield-Washington SchoolsWestfield, Indiana@shamrockboticshttps://www.thebluealliance.com/team/6956
7454North High SchoolEvansville North High SchoolEvansville, Indianahttps://www.facebook.com/northengineering
7477Giddy GOATSMishawaka High SchoolMishawaka, Indiana@MishawakaFIRSThttps://sites.google.com/view/mishawakarobotics/
8116Hatchet RoboticsWashington High SchoolBloomington, IndianaTwitter Handle *Team Website *
8232Team Name?? High SchoolCity, StateTwitter Handle *Team Website *
8742Team Name?? High SchoolCity, StateTwitter Handle *Team Website *

* Not all teams have websites or twitter handles.
** New team this year

Sponsor Information

This event wouldn’t be possible without support from the following 2022 FIRST ® Indiana District Kokomo Event & FIRST Indiana Robotics State-Wide Sponsors: AndyMark, Inc., Borg-Warner, Haynes International, Ivy Tech Kokomo, Community First Bank, Community Foundation of Howard County, NIPSCO, and in cooperation with Northwestern School Corporation.

Game Description

This year the game requires robots to deliver a round ball into one of two funnel-shaped goals. The game elements are best described as oversized tennis balls. Because the balls are only pressurized to 3 pounds per square inch they are soft and squishy just like a tennis ball. This feature makes ball handling a challenge for the robots to manipulate.

The goals are like giant funnels. The top edge of the funnels is at two different elevations from the floor. The multi elevated goals give the student robot designers several options for scoring. Designers can build a robot to launch balls into the top goal, the lower goal, or both goals. Scoring the top goal is good for more points but harder while scoring the lower goal is simpler, but not as point values.

Yet another way for robots to score points is by climbing what could be described as a set of 4 monkey bars. Each bar is at a different elevation and of course, the higher the bar is to climb the more points are scored. This task of hanging is completed near the end of the match and is extremely difficult for the student robot designers to build. Only the best of the best teams will be able to design a robot to climb on the highest topmost bar. Spectators will be on the edge of their seats watching 150-pound robots attempt climbing the pipes. If the robots fall while climbing it could mean the end of the road if damage from dropping is severe enough. The risk is high, but so are the points.

Obviously for robots to handle and launch balls they must have some to launch. Student robot designers have two ways to accept this challenge. The game features a loading station where student drive team members can funnel balls into the robots. While this may sound simple at first, it turns out not to be so easy. The balls can roll or bounce out of the robot. In some cases, they can even overshoot the robot completely. This problem gives the student robot designers another option. That is to pick them up off the floor. To us humans that is a simple task. For robots not so much. Of course the faster the robot can load, and the faster it can shoot, gives that team an advantage to scoring more points.

General Information

FIRST ® is tackling the trend of declining enrollment in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs by using a competition sports style model that makes STEM learning fun and inspiring for students. Some have questioned if something “fun” can be an effective tool to change people’s lives but initial data from a three-year study by FIRST ® on students in their first year of college indicates that FIRST’s ® positive impacts continue into post-secondary education, with FIRST ® alumni continuing to show impacts on STEM-related attitudes, as well as impacts on interest in engineering and technology-related majors, engineering course-taking, and STEM-related internships and summer jobs. Results to date indicate that FIRST ® is already making a lasting difference in career interests and educational choices for the young people who participate in the program. So students can learn and have fun at the same time! See the full study results at https://www.firstinspires.org/about/impact.

This competition is part of the larger organization, FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), and their FIRST ® Robotics Competition for high school students. Over 3,600 teams, more than 91,000 students, and nearly 26,000 professional mentors across the world from 27 countries (including places like Canada, Mexico, China, Israel, and Australia), will be participating in District, Regional, and State-level events in hopes of qualifying for the 2020 FIRST World Championship in Detroit, MI. and Houston, TX.

FIRST ® was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST ® robotics competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, robotics teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. These competitions create “real-world engineering” experiences for all participating students.

In addition to teacher mentors, volunteer professional mentors lend their time and expertise to help guide the work and development by each FIRST robotics team. For more information about this event, or FIRST Robotics, please contact: Renee Becker-Blau, IndianaFIRST Executive Director, at 414 704-1415. Additional information is also available at the website: http://www.indianafirst.org/ or http://www.firstinspires.org/.

More Links

Locate teams in your area: http://www.firstinspires.org/team-event-search

Interesting season facts from last year – FRC 2019: https://www.firstinspires.org/sites/default/files/uploads/resource_library/frc/game-and-season-info/competition-manual/2019/frc19-fr023-season-facts-.pdf

Link to study showing how FIRST ® makes a lasting difference in career interests and educational choices for the young people who participate in the program. Impact Study: https://www.firstinspires.org/about/impact

Additionally there is a link to some story angle ideas for coverage of these robotic competitions. Story Angles For Robotics Competitions: http://media.indianafirst.org/CommonFiles/StoryAngleForRoboticsProgram.pdf

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. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $90 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST LEGO League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST LEGO League Jr. 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 http://www.firstinspires.org/ .

About IndianaFIRST – FIRST Indiana Robotics
IndianaFIRST is an organization dedicated to growing FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics programs in the state of Indiana. FIRST is a multinational non-profit organization that aspires to transform our culture, making science, math, engineering, and technology as cool for kids as sports are today. Founded in the fall of 2001 as the Indiana-based affiliate of FIRST, IndianaFIRST brings FIRST programming to students in grades K-12, teaching them hands-on skills in engineering, science, and technology that they can relate back to their classwork. Kids compete against other kids in the district, state, and world championship competitions in what is frequently called “The Super Bowl of Smarts.”