Bright and early Saturday morning, members of St. Patrick’s Team Tempest headed to Baton Rouge to participate in the Red Stick Rumble. Red Stick Rumble is an annual event in which robotics teams from around the country participate in intense rematches of the previous season’s game, all while experiencing the rich culture of Louisiana. The mission of Red Stick Rumble is to allow FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) Robotics teams to strengthen their skills in an off-season competition and to provide parents and community members the opportunity to see the benefits of science, technology, engineering, and math.
Thirty-three teams from around the country made it to this year’s event where the challenge was “FIRST Power Up.” Robots weighing 120 pounds played on a 57-foot long field and simulated popular video games. Team Tempest competed in six qualifying matches and advanced to the quarter finals. In the quarter finals, Team Tempest remained undefeated and moved on to the semifinals, where they finished in third place.
FIRST Robotics is the premier sport for the mind. Participants must design, build, and program an industrial robot under strict rules, limited resources, and short time frames. At competitions, teams work together to build strategies, meet teams from around the world, form team alliances, and meet engineers from companies such as DOW, NASA, Boeing, and others. During the event, the host team, Panthrobotics of Woodlawn High School, raised more than $1,000 to donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. St. Patrick is proud of Team Tempest.
Story by Hayden Miller