The Known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land.  -T.H. Huxley, 1887




The second robot adventure was also in High School. During my junior and senior year we competed in F.I.R.S.T. robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) We were sponsored by a local engineering firm and they helped us build the robot. The first year we competed we took third in the Midwest regional competition out of 30-50 or so teams ( I can't remember). During my senior year I was more involved and we competed in both the Midwest regional and the nationals. This year I was the driver of the robot, which was an amazing experience. During regional's we rotated drives somewhat, after regional's I was selected as robot driver and my friend nick was the arm operator. We took 27th place during the regional's out of maybe 60 teams. We had some problems with the arm design which limited us. We then moved onto the national competition. These were held in Orlando Florida at Disney World. We changed our arm design and now we kicked butt. At one point in the qualifications we were leading the nation! We finished something like 7th in qualifying. The way the finals work is that if you are one of the top 8 teams, you select 4 other teams (not from the top 8) to be on your team ( teams were random in qualifying ) This way promotes teamwork. So we scouted around and found 4 teams we liked. We dominated the first few rounds and made it all the way to the semifinals. We were finally defeated by the team who would go on to win the whole show. We took 3rd in the Nation out of around 300 teams! Pretty Sweet. Now just to give you an idea of how intense of a competition this is. These were not simple little things with a few people watching. At the qualifying rounds we would have maybe a thousand people watching, In the last semifinal round, maybe ten thousand were watching. These are intense, music blasting, people screaming, crazy. The robots are also about 3x3x5 feet large, big robot. Amazingly when its time to drive I would just tune out everything and focus. A friend of mine had the DJ play one of our favorite songs during my round and I didn't even notice. If you would like more information about all this visit This is a great competition involving students in positive competitions were they learn tons. Just great. You can also visit my high school teams site. After this I took a break.


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