Renaissance High School’s Byting Bulldogs have worked for the past 5 months to build a robot for the NYC FIRST FTC Robotics Competition! The team designed, engineered, and programmed a fully remote controlled robot using MIT App Inventor and the Modern Robotics control system. Students had to cut, build, and troubleshoot robotic arms and other manipulators to collect wiffle balls and score goals.
On the day of the competition, students sat down with the organization’s judges and discussed their engineering design process, and were first on deck to compete in round 1 of the competition. The students made a fantastic first impression, befriending other teams and modeling “gracious professionalism”, a core tenet of the FIRST Robotics organization. Our greatest accomplishment of the day was being selected for the semi-finals as a rookie team. We fought hard during semi-finals, but were eventually knocked out in the second round. At the end of the day, the students were excited to apply what they had learned by observing other teams to our own robot and looked forward to the 2017 challenge next September!
Renaissance’s Assistant Principal, Kim Conrow, said this:
We can’t thank your organization enough for the Boost Funds we received this year. We have been able to do some amazing things with our students and couldn’t have done them without Boost. One of the activities we were able to support using Boost was our Robotics Team. We were able to buy them track jackets to wear to the competitions, feed them during the full day competition event and also take them out to dinner at a restaurant in our community to celebrate their success in making it to the semi-finals at a citywide competition.