Atlantic High School robotics team headed to Texas for regional competition

April 2015

Atlantic High School’s reigning world champion robotics team will head to San Antonio

DELRAY BEACH– Atlantic High School’s reigning world champion robotics team will head to San Antonio this week, the next step in defending their FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship title.

Eagles Robotics Xperience (ERX) will compete at the FTC Southern Division Super-Regional, scheduled for March 11-13 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. The competition features the top 72 teams of more than 700 in the southeastern United States.

The team earned its way to the regional competition by taking first place at the FTC Florida State Championship in February. They set some of the highest scores of the tournament, including a new world record of 785 points.

“We were optimistic going into states, and we’re glad that our work paid off,” said team president Croccifixio Knight. “This is an even better showing than last year, when we got second at states, and I can’t wait to go back to Texas and see if we can’t repeat the success of last year.”

Each year, teams are assigned a challenge at the FIRST Robotics Competition kickoff event. This year, teams were challenged to build a robot that collected Wiffle balls of various diameters to fill tubes of various heights throughout the field. The higher a robot can fill a tube, the more points are awarded.

“The game was very much in our ballpark,” said Michael Barnard, the team’s mechanical captain. “One of the key reasons we did so well last year was our linear lift design, which we have open-sourced and is now being used by over 100 teams throughout the country. This year, we took that design and improved on it ten-fold.”

Since winning last year’s world championship, ERX organized and ran the inaugural TechGarage Summer Camp through their nonprofit organization, STEM HQ. The camp offered a beginning track that gave younger students the opportunity to build and program LEGO robots, while an advanced track taught middle school-aged students how to build and program LEGO robots, 3D printing, Minecraft programming and how to use computer-aided design, or CAD.

They’re also driven to bring home another world championship.

“After winning the world championship, it’s hard to decide what to do next,” Knight said. “You’ve reached the top. But we decided – we’re going to do it again.”

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