STEM Robotics competes at World Championships

At the end of April the FRC Team 5572 – ROSBOTS of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy traveled to Houston to represent North East ISD at the 2017 World Championship. Held at the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston, the competition played host to 401 teams representing teams from around the world battling for the title before an audience of over 40,000 spectators. The STEM Academy students met, compared and discussed engineering solutions with teams from all over the USA, Canada, Asia, Oceania and the Middle East in the spirit of “Gracious Professionalism”.

This year’s competition theme was SteamWorks, were two adventurers’ clubs, in an era where steam power reigns, were tasked to prepare their airships for a long distance race. Each three-team alliance prepares their airship in three ways: By build steam pressure, by starting rotors and by preparing for flight. Robots collect fuel (balls) and score it in their boiler via high and low efficiency goals. Boilers turn fuel into steam pressure that is then stored in the steam tank on their airship. Robots deliver gears to pilots on their airship for installation. Once each gear train is complete, they turn the crank to start the rotor. Robots must latch on to their airship before launch (the end of the match) by ascending their ropes to signal that they are ready for takeoff.

Team 5572 started during the 2013-14 school year and has grown from a small, five students’ team to a 30 student’s team that represent the whole Lee High School campus.

The 2017 season was a very successful one for the ROSBOTS. The team competed in two regional events, one in Lubbock, TX and the other in San Antonio. In both cases, they ended the qualifications matches in 5th position and for the first time in the team’s history were the captains of alliances during playoffs and finals.

Besides finishing second at the Alamo Regional and qualifying for the World Championship, team 5572 won the prestigious gracious professionalism award that “Celebrates outstanding demonstration of FIRST Core Values such as continuous Gracious Professionalism® working together both on and off the playing field.”

The FRC experience is unique and cannot be replicated in a traditional classroom. To be successful in FRC a team is required to excel at a large number of skills, both hard and soft. From the design and engineering of the machine, to the capacity of effectively communicating, to the ability of improvising under difficult circumstances, to being able to operate under enormous pressure, every member is thoroughly tested on and off the field.

Thanks to their performance during the regular season, the ROSBOTS have ranked among the top 32 teams that qualify for the UIL state championship and will be competing at the Austin convention center during May 19 – 20 for the State champion title.

The team would like to express their gratitude to the Tesoro Foundation to the Texas Workforce Commission and to First in Texas for their continuous, generous and indispensable support. Without their help, the team would not have been able to compete.


Posted on 05/08/2017