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April 11-13, 2013: FRC 3941 Participates in the Chesapeake Regional FRC Tournament

They bring home the Engineering Inspiration Award and Slot at Worlds

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April 11-13 a Harford County robotics team, TechBrick’s “Absolute Zero Electricity,” joined 62 other teams from the region and the country to compete in the Chesapeake Regional FRC Tournament this past weekend. FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) brings together teams of high-school age young engineers to solve complex challenges through robotics and management of what is a working small business. With a team membership of 28 TechBrick has students focused on programming, drive base, media and communications, Frisbee shooter, and more.

All the work comes together in the regional tournaments. There are more than 80 tournaments all over the US and one in Israel. TechBrick’s team competed in the DC Regional two weeks ago, came back to make many refinements and then competed aggressively in Baltimore with a ranking of between 4 and 17 throughout the day.

At the end of the day the team was awarded the second highest regional award, the “Engineering Inspiration Award,” which recognizes a team for the overall program that includes a great robot, outreach, training, and more.

This award is the culmination of more than 9 years of robotics programs that has grown to more than 80 students per season and draws from eight schools and three homeschool co-ops. The team has mentors from a number of local schools and corporations.

An invitation to worlds gives a team to chance to compete with 400 other FRC teams from all over the world in a drive to be named the “World Champion.” More than 10,000 students will navigate their robots to score with this year’s challenge that involves capturing and shooting Frisbees and climbing a 14-foot pyramid at the end. The action is intense.

TechBrick has many generous sponsors including SURVICE Engineering, TiePoint, Army Research Labs, NDEP, DEWALT, and Roberts Oxygen along with many individual sponsors.

We are calling on the local business community for additional support to make the trip to worlds. If you or your corporation is interested in investing of our future engineering talent please contact Marco Ciavolino at [email protected] or call 410-838-8264.

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TechBrick provided a color guard from our Boy Scouts and Civil Air Patrol members.


The competition is intense with six robots, forming two teams, on the field during each round. As many as 10 Frisbees at a time were criss-crossing the field while the various robots jockeyed for shooting positions and orienting themselves for the end-of-match climb on a 14 foot pyramid.


TechBrick FRC3941 poses in the pits with their ribbons and trophy. This was an exciting conclusion to more than 5 months of work and start the road to the world championship at the end of April. The group includes our team of 26 astounding young engineers and many of our dedicated mentors from corporations around the region.


The judges frequently visited our team’s pits to discuss our robot and our work. The judges are volunteers from every major regional corporation.


Each team works to make their pit area distinctive and orderly. We featured our team ID and our sponsors and provided a number of visual elements including our reports, business plans, and a working photo booth with which we took more than 900 photos.

 

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