La Sierra High School’s Robotics Team Conquers the Stronghold

La Sierra High School’s robotics team, FRC 2493 – Robokong along with 51 other high school teams from around the west met at North Arizona University in Flagstaff to take on the FIRST Robotics challenge: Stronghold.

Riverside, CA, March 16, 2016 --( Robokong’s students have been working hard since January 9th to build a robot to compete in this year’s FIRST Robotics Challenge, Stronghold. Alliances of 3 teams cooperate to defeat the opposing alliance’s defenses, weaken their castle by launching boulders into the tower in an effort to capture their stronghold.

The team left for a seven hour drive to Flagstaff, AZ early Wednesday morning. Thursday was spent preparing the robot for competition the next day. Many tasks were completed including upgrading of the robots intake arm and final programming of the controls. The robot passed final inspection by 7:30 p.m.

The team and the robot were up and ready for competition by Friday morning. A loose control wire to a drive motor plagued the team the first two matches but once fixed the team consistently defeated the defenses and started weakening the tower by launching boulders into the castle tower.

Saturday found Robokong finishing in 9th place and eventually ending up as the 7th of 8 alliance captains going into elimination rounds. Thanks to a great scouting team, two alliance partners were picked that complemented the team’s strengths. Teams 6221 The Vandals from Miami, AZ and 4153 Project Y from Los Alamos, NM agreed to partner with Robokong in the elimination rounds. The alliance fought hard but was eliminated in the quarter final rounds of the elimination matches.

Robokong’s next competition will be April 7-9 at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ.

More about FIRST Robotics
Robokong 2493 is an FRC robotics team that is part of the FIRST Robotics organization. FIRST is an acronym representing “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” and the organization provides many opportunities for students from elementary through high school to build their STEM skills. FIRST gives students a chance to learn important life skills in addition to STEM skills while building a robot from scratch and working as a team.

More about Robokong
Robokong 2493 is a community-based team generously hosted by La Sierra High School and the Alvord Unified School District. High school students from throughout the Inland Empire are part of the team that was established in 2008. In addition to competing as a team at events, Robokong 2493 also participates in many outreach events in the community to help inspire more people to become involved in FIRST and to build their 21st century skills.
FRC 2493 - Robokong
Richard Sisk