The Near North Student Robotics Initiative, FIRST Team 1305, Ice Cubed is ready for FIRST Destination: Deep Space!
This dynamic group of students will be taking their newest robot, Kepler, to its first Ontario competition of the season at Georgian College in Barrie this weekend.
FIRST Team 1305 will also compete at Nipissing University, March 29 and 30. These competitions are part of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) international robotics competition. FIRST Team 1305 has qualified for the World Championships for the past fifteen years and is working towards their sixteenth World Championship, this year in Detroit.
FIRST Team 1305 is celebrating their nineteenth year and continuing with dedicated efforts to promote science, technology and positive leadership. They encourage students to participate in the life changing experiences offered through FIRST competitions. The team, in the FIRST tradition, is constantly looking for new recruits and new challenges. FIRST Team 1305 is comprised of students from several area schools and boards.
This year’s FIRST robotics challenge is “Destination: Deep Space”. Two alliances of three teams compete on a 27-by-54-foot field. Each match starts with a Sandstorm. A screen is lowered and drivers’ view is obscured for the first 15 seconds. The robots must be either autonomous or driven using a camera during the Sandstorm Period. Points are scored by placing hatch panels (disks with velcro) on the rocket or the cargo ship and then adding cargo (balls) to be held in place by the hatch panels.
The 30 second end game involves three robots in an alliance climbing onto a podium-like structure to gain more points. FIRST Team 1305 also maintains a business plan, social media, promotional videos and various documentation. Teamwork, community, promotion of science and technology, technical expertise, communication and entrepreneurship are crucial to the success of the team. FIRST Team 1305 is proud to represent the North Bay and area community.
The team wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the many sponsors and mentors who make this amazing educational and multidisciplinary activity possible for area students.
For more information about FIRST Team 1305, please contact Captain Colton Chaput firstname.lastname@example.org or mentor, Nancy Dewar-Stenning 705-499-4619.