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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!

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Sorry for not writing in a while, we've just been so busy with end of school year stuff- a few of us took AP exams this week, and everyone else is getting ready for finals.

The Robolions haven't been up to much since the competition. We're planning on having a meeting next week to discuss plans for the summer, plans for next year, etc. Here are a few items that may be on the agenda for discussion:

-Do we want to meet over the summer? When? Where?
-Recruiting for next year- possibly build a Robotics float for the homecoming parade?
-Fundraising for next year- team fundraising as well as trying to get sponsorship from local companies
-Speculating on what next year's challenge might be! Several teams have already posted predictions on, a portal/forum for FIRST teams.

Other than that, you probably won't hear from us for a while! But we will try to post updates from time to time to let you know what we're up to. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Last Day of Competition

Yesterday, Saturday, was our last day of competition. We didn't get home last night until 9:30, which is why we didn't post an update yesterday.

Our first match yesterday was early- 8:45! So we got to the pits early and strategized with other teams, and went into our first match with confidence.

Unfortunately, we lost that match. But considering that we were against some of the teams that would later go on to compete in the finals, we don't feel too down about it. We played to the best of our abilities, and our alliance partners did too.

The next match happened soon after the first, and we lost that one as well, but again, it was against a difficult team to beat.

We ended up in 46th place at the end of the day, which isn't so bad, considering that there are 88 teams and this was our first year in the Championship.

Later that day was alliance selections. We went into it hoping that we would be chosen, but we weren't. However, that didn't stop us from having a great time anyways. We watched a few other matches, and then packed up our pits. We came back later that afternoon to watch the closing ceremonies and final matches, The alliance from Galileo, Team 973, 111 and the Cheesy Poofs, won the championship- we were proud of them!

Afterwards was the Food and Friends event, where all FIRST kids got dinner, and then participated in various activities throughout the evening. There were game consoles set up, a few carnival-like booths with games and prizes, a talent show, and time for everyone to just hang out and meet new people. It was a great evening- we met some kids from team 249 who were pretty awesome.

Pictures will be on the facebook page soon! Peace!