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Penn State York to Host Robotics Competition Jan. 21

A robot from last year's competition
This robot, built by a Phoenixville Area High School team named Gear, worked hard to empty as many batons as possible from the dispenser during the “Get Over It!” robotics competition last year.
1/19/2012 —

Penn State York will host the FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) South Central PA Regional Qualifier, a robotics competition, Saturday, Jan. 21 from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at the campus. This is the second time the campus has hosted this competition. The competition is open to the public to watch and it is free.

Participants will have the opportunity to see Penn State York’s new engineering facility, the Ralph G. and Madeline B. Swenson Engineering Center, which opened in August.

Twenty-four teams with up to ten members each from as far away as New York and as near as York Suburban High School and SciTech High School in Harrisburg are registered for the event. The “Bowled Over!” competition features a task-oriented robotics event where teams are asked to perform a variety of maneuvers with their robots.

The event in York is one of four qualifiers in Pennsylvania leading to the FTC PA State Robotics Championship at Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa. Feb. 25. Teams that qualify from states will then proceed into the national championship in St. Louis, Mo., April 26-28. The acronym FIRST means For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology and the organization was founded in1989 by Dean Kamen, an accomplished inventor, who wanted to inspire young people to appreciate science and technology.

According to Thomas Zawislak, FIRST FTC affiliate partner, team members are part of an alliance trying to perform tasks on the field with their robots. The event emphasizes gracious professionalism with winning or losing not the important things. Winning is nice but the design process is the important thing. Teams help each other and members develop friendships and camaraderie throughout the competition.

Penn State York students, faculty, and staff will work as volunteers during the competition filling a variety of roles from judges to field tech advisors, scorekeepers, software inspectors, and more. Throughout the competition teams are judged on their sportsmanship, performance of their robots, completion of tasks, following the rules, and a variety of other criteria. Students in grades 7-12 take part in the competition.

Marshall F. Coyle, associate professor of engineering at Penn State York, is the volunteer coordinator for the event, and has worked to fill the many positions necessary to make the competition possible.

“I am really excited about the FTC event! We had an outstanding event last year and our campus is a great place to have one of the qualifiers. Penn State York students, faculty, and staff have really stepped-up to help,” said Coyle.

Teams registered for the Penn State York FTC including their team name school or organization, and city and state are: Ozone, Oxford Robotics Club, Oxford, Pa.; Steel Hornet, Emmaus High School, Emmaus, Pa.; RoboWorks, Phoenixville Area Schools Phoenixville, Pa.; Craftsmen, Boy Scout Troop 793, Ellicott City, Md.; SciBots, SciTech High School, Harrisburg, Pa.; SciBots II, SciTech High School, Harrisburg, Pa.; Minds in Gear, Minds in Gear Robotics, Phoenixville, Pa;. MASH, Friends of 401, West Vincent Township, Pa.; Dynamic Robotics, Chester County Homeschool Robotics Club, St. Peters, Pa.; Ozone 2 Oxford Robotics Club, Oxford, Pa.; Blitzerbots, Blitzerbots, Elizabethtown, Pa.; Nano Gurus Nano Gurus, Morris Plains, N.Y.; Decepticons, Centers for Arts and Technology Pickering, Phoenixville, Pa.; YSATM/Trojan Horse, York Suburban High School, York, Pa.; Smokin’ Motors, Conrad Weiser High School, Robesonia, Pa.; Robo Warriers, Mifflin County High School and JC Penny, Lewistown, Pa.; Minnie MASH, Friends of 401,West Vincent Township, Pa.; LANLords, Lancaster FTC, Millersville, Pa.; Imagine It, Imagine It Robotics, Palmyra, Pa.; SDP, Central High School, Philadelphia, Pa.; PRO, Corning Incorporated, Corning, N.Y.; The Game, Pope John Robotics, Sparta, N.J.; Fatal Error, Pope John Robotics, Sparta, N.J.; and Breaking Chains, Pope John Robotics, Sparta, N.J.

For more information on FIRST, visit their Web site at http://www.usfirst.org/.

Schedule for the Day
Time Event
7 a.m.  Volunteers Arrive 
 8 a.m.  Team Arrive – Registration
 Hardware and Software Inspection Begins
 8:15 a.m.  Welcome to Teams – Review Logistics for the Day
 8:30 a.m.  Judge Interviews Begin
 8:45 a.m.  Drivers Meeting – On Competition Field
Reset Crew Meeting
 9 a.m.  Practice Matches on Practice Field
Software Inspection on Competition Field
 10 a.m.  Opening Ceremonies
 10:30 a.m.  Qualification Matches Begin
 12:30 p.m.  Lunch Break
 1 p.m.  Qualification Matches Resume
 2 p.m.  Alliance Selection (top four teams)
 2:15 p.m.  Start Semi-finals
 3:15 p.m.  Finals
 4 p.m.  Awards and Closing Ceremonies
 4:30 p.m.  Event Complete

 

Registered Teams for Penn State York FTC
Count Team # Team Name School or Organization City, State

1

61

Ozone

Oxford Robotics Club

Oxford, Pa.

2

118

Steel Hornet

Emmaus High School

Emmaus, Pa.

3

712

RoboWorks

Phoenixville Area Schools

Phoenixville, Pa.

4

3113

Craftsmen

Boy Scout Troop 793

Ellicott City, Md.

5

3283

SciBots

SciTech High School

Harrisburg, Pa.

6

3305

SciBots II

SciTech High School

Harrisburg, Pa.

7

3489

Minds in Gear

Minds in Gear Robotics

Phoenixville, Pa.

8

4077

MASH

Friends of 401

West Vincent Township, Pa.

9

4134

Dynamic Robotics

Chester County Homeschool Robotics Club

St. Peters, Pa.

10

4154

Ozone 2

Oxford Robotics Club

Oxford, Pa.

11

4285

Blitzerbots

Blitzerbots

Elizabethtown, Pa.

12

4347

Nano Gurus

Nano Gurus

Morris Plains, N.Y.

13

4396

Decepticons

Centers for Arts and Technology Pickering

Phoenixville, Pa.

14

4407

YSATM/Trojan Horse

York Suburban High School

York, Pa.

15

4433

Smokin’ Motors

Conrad Weiser High School

Robesonia, Pa.

16

4498

Robo Warriers

Mifflin County High School and JC Penny

Lewistown, Pa.

17

4856

Minnie MASH

Friends of 401

West Vincent Township, Pa.

18

4977

LANLords

Lancaster FTC

Millersville, Pa.

19

4999

Imagine It

Imagine It Robotics

Palmyra, Pa.

20

5320

SDP

Central High School

Philadelphia, Pa.

21

5485

PRO

Corning Incorporated

Corning, N.Y.

22

247

The Game

Pope John Robotics

Sparta, N.J.

23

248

Fatal Error

Pope John Robotics

Sparta, N.J.

24

4391

Breaking Chains

Pope John Robotics

Sparta, N.J.

 

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