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Robotics State Championship - More Than Robots
Updated April 7, 2017 6:12 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The challenge: Build a robot that will shoot 5 inch whiffle balls into a 21 inch diameter goal that is about 8' off the floor.

Oh and while you are at it add a scoring mechanism that will score additional points by placing a game piece, shaped like a gear, that is about 12 inches in diameter onto a flexible peg. Then if that is not enough, in the last few seconds roll over there and climb a rope.

That's what will be happening this weekend in Huntington Indiana. Robotics teams from across the state compete in both qualification and elimination matches in hopes of high-scoring performances. The best of the best will be moving on to the World Championship held in St. Louis, MO. later this month.

While the competition is what makes this so much fun, there is so much more going on here. "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 FIRSTĀ® 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."

This weekend at Huntington High School in Huntington Indiana, students, engineering and technical mentors will demonstrate their skill for science, mathematics, and technology. In what is often call the varsity sport for the mind they will compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship, and high-impact partnerships between schools, businesses, and communities.

The game consists of the robot shooting 5 inch whiffle balls into a 21 inch diameter goal that is about 9' off the floor. Additionally robots may score points by placing a game piece, shaped like a gear, that is about 12 inches in diameter onto a flexible peg. Human players (students) must then retrieve the gear from the flexible peg and place it onto another assembly before points are scored. An endgame option allows robots to score even more points by climbing a rope.

The matches are timed and anything can happen. Often the final score will be decided by just one single event. Just like in a basketball game the difference between winner and looser is often just a fraction of a second. In fact, 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.

Play at this State Championship Event will be fierce since the results will be the determining factor for World Championship qualification. Going into the State Championship Event the IndianaFIRST district leader is Cyber Blue from Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis Indiana and they lead with 128 district points. Pike RoboDevils also from Indianapolis Indiana is ranked second with 103 district points, and Team Hammond from Hammond Indiana is ranked third with 101 district points.

Members of the media are welcome to interview students, coaches and mentors. Please contact our media team to schedule interviews and photo/video opportunities.

EVENT: Indiana State Championship, High School Robotics Competition
WHERE: Huntington North High School, 450 McGahn Street, Huntington, IN 46750
WHEN: April 7-8, 2017 - Friday and Saturday
ADMISSION: No charge and open to the public

Friday, April 7, 2017

  • 8:00 am - 10:30 am - Pits Open, Practice Rounds, Inspections
  • 10:00 am - 12:30 pm - Invited Guest Event
  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am - Opening Ceremonies
  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Qualification Matches
  • 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Sponsor & Scholarship Tables Open
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Lunch
  • 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Qualification Matches
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Team Social
  • 8:00 pm - Pits Close*

Saturday, April 8, 2017

  • 8:00 am - Pits Open
  • 8:30 am - 2:00 pm - Scholarship & Sponsor Tables Open
  • 9:00 am - 9:30 am - Opening Ceremonies
  • 9:30 am - 12:15 pm - Qualification Matches
  • 12:15 am - 12:30 pm - Cross-Program State CMP Recognition
  • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm - Alliance Selections
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Lunch
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Final Rounds
  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Awards Ceremony
  • 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Winning Alliance & Cultural Award photos
  • 7:00 pm - Pits Close*

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

Teams Competing At This Event

Team Number Team Name Location Twitter Handle

  • 71 Team Hammond Hammond, Indiana @TeamHammond71
  • 135 Penn Robotics Mishawaka, Indiana @FRCTeam135
  • 234 Cyber Blue Indianapolis, IN @cyberblue234
  • 292 PantherTech Russiaville, IN @FRC_Team_292
  • 447 Team Roboto Anderson, IN @FRC447
  • 461 Westside Boiler Invasion West Lafayette, IN @FRC461
  • 829 Digital Goats Indianapolis, IN @DigitalGoats
  • 868 TechHOUNDS Carmel, IN @TechHOUNDS868
  • 1018 Pike RoboDevils Indianapolis, IN @robodevil1018
  • 1024 Kil-A-Bytes Indianapolis, IN @FRC1024
  • 1501 Team THRUST Huntington, Indiana @Team1501
  • 1529 CyberCards Indianapolis, IN @FRC1529
  • 1720 PhyXTGears Muncie, Indiana @Team1720
  • 1741 Red Alert Greenwood, IN @RedAlert1741
  • 1747 Harrison Boiler Robotics West Lafayette, IN @1747robotics
  • 2197 Las Pumas New Carlisle, Indiana @LasPumas2197
  • 3147 Munster HorsePower Munster, IN @HorsePower3147
  • 3494 The Quadrangles Bloomington, Indiana #FRC3494
  • 3559 Thundercats Jasper, IN @FRC3559
  • 3865 Riley Wildbots South Bend, IN #FRC3865
  • 3940 CyberTooth Kokomo, Indiana @3940CyberTooth
  • 4103 Roborioles Avon, IN @roborioles
  • 4272 Maverick Boiler Robotics Lafayette, IN @Team4272
  • 4485 Tribe Tech Robotics Danville, Indiana @Tribe_Tech4485
  • 4580 Conductors Indianapolis, IN @BenDavisRobots
  • 4926 GalacTech Columbus, IN @FRC4926Robotic
  • 4982 Olympus Robotics Fort Wayne, IN @OlympusRobotics
  • 5188 Area 5188: Classified Robotics Terre Haute, IN @FRCArea5188
  • 5484 Career Academy Robotics - Memento Vitam South Bend, Indiana @FRC5484
  • 6451 Wired Warriors Whiteland, IN @WhitelandRobo
  • 6498 Castle High School Newburgh, IN #FRC6498
  • 6721 Tindley Trailblazers Indianapolis, Indiana #FRC6721

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