Central’s very own robotics team, the Robolancers, has accomplished a great deal over the 2015 season, not just regionally but internationally as well.
The FTC season for the Robolancers provided new members, from freshmen to juniors, a chance to experience a taste of what robotics competitions are really like. The two subdivisions, Team 6676, Crimson, and Team 5320, Gold, participated in competitions across Philadelphia. Robolancers Gold was able to make it to statewide competitions
The First Robotics Competition or FRC team 321 participated in competitions around Philadelphia, the tri-state area of Delaware and New Jersey, eventually advancing all the way to the World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. This was accomplished via the synergy between the four components of the robotics team; the mechanical, electrical, programming and marketing departments. This synergy in turn lead to the team’s acquirement of two Chairman’s Awards, the most prestigious award in a robotics tournament. This dual victory qualified the team to take part in the World Championships, which hosts hundreds of teams from around the world.
This was a momentous feat for the FRC team. However, the team came about a large complication; acquiring the $30,000 required for the transportation of the 27-person team to St. Louis. Even with sponsorships and a crowdfunding endeavor via GoFundMe, the goal seemed more or less unattainable. But thanks to swift action from Mayor Michael Nutter, the team received $20,000, from both the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, enabling the Robolancers to participate in St. Louis.
After a five day competition, the Robolancers found themselves as global competitors, after placing 54th in the world competition. This was the second time in three years that the Robolancers have made it to Words, and it is without a doubt that the Robolancers look to make their appearances at Worlds a yearly routine.
Ben Folk (275) Photo Credit: Brian Chen (274)