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Hello, Robolions team members, mentors, friends, and community members! Welcome to "The Fourth Law of Robotics," home to University City High School's FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team. We hope to use this blog to inform you about what we're up to.
We compete in the FRC (First Robotics Competition), an annual competition where we have six weeks to build a robot from scratch. This year's game is Recycle Rush. We'll post updates here to let you all know what we're up to with building (and competing with) our robot!
We also are now competing in FTC (First Tech Challenge), the next level down from FRC. The game was called Ring It Up!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Updates- the robot, the closing of Lambert Airport, etc.

Whew, it's been a whirlwind of a month since our last post! Our team has been working hard to finish up the new arm design. The new arm is designed to be more of a defensive apparatus, with a PVC pipe hook-like device that can grab tubes out of other robots' grasps. We are planning to attach the new arm to Quorra on Wednesday night when we set up at the Dome.

In other news, Saint Louis was just hit by a huge storm! We had major thunder and lightning, with heavy rainfall and even a tornado or two. In fact, Lambert International Airport was hit by a tornado, and has been closed indefininitely. This obviously poses a problem to FIRST teams trying to fly in for the competition! Lambert has not said when they expect to have the airport up and running, so for now, teams will most likely be diverted to other airports such as the Chicago airport or Kansas City. For more information and for weather forecasts, please visit:

Now for the exciting news: The competition begins on Thursday! Yay! So for all of you interested in coming out to watch us, we will be on Galileo field. Volunteers can help you find where that is. Here is the rest of the where/when/what information:

Where: Edwards Jones Dome and the Convention Center in Downtown STL. Here's venue information:

When: Matches begin Thursday, April 28th and go until Saturday, April 30th.

And for any of you UCity Students, you can earn extra credit for Mr. Brooks' chemistry class if you come to the competition on Saturday anywhere between 8:15 and 10:30 (our last matches are then.) and get a signature from one of the coaches. Other teachers might consider extra credit as well!

We hope to see everyone at the competition! And good luck to our alliance teams from the St. Louis regional- the Hazelwood East Robohawks and the Camdenton Lasers!

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