Cedarcrest Stealth Robotics Qualify for Worlds in Houston!
Article contributions and images provided by Amy Holyfield
For years, Cedarcrest High School has been home to a thriving robotics program, but for the first time, the team, Stealth FIRST Robotics (Team #4089), has qualified for the FIRST Inspires Worlds competition in Houston, Texas on April 17-21, 2019.
For Stealth #4089, their competition season saw them competing in three weekend events in March, held by Washington FIRST Inspires Robotics, an organization with a mission of “...inspir(ing) all young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”
The 2019 season has provided many accolades and excitement for Stealth #4089. In their final competition, the team placed second in the finals at Auburn High School, also earning the “Engineering Excellence” award for the design of their robot.
In robotics competitions, teams design robots through the use of coding, programming, and engineering and create an alliance with two other teams. Each team controls a robot and performs specific tasks on a playing field to score points. For the 2019 FIRST Inspires Worlds competition, the theme is “Destination: Deep Space” and two competing alliances must successfully place poly-carbonate hatch covers and orange rubber balls on to rockets and cargo ships before returning to a platform to complete the match.
Nearly 800 teams will travel to Houston to compete in this finals competition. A second finals competition takes place in Detroit the following week. In total, 16 Riverview students will be traveling to Houston to compete, including two Tolt Middle School students.
Representing Cedarcrest High School are seniors Jacob Holyfield, Andrey Risukhin, and Aidan Wilson; juniors Paige Carter, Ethan Duer, Connor Johnston, Emily McCracken, Cedric Nagata, and Ashlyn Welch; sophomores Chris Lasserre and Sidd Rao; and freshmen Aaron DeMare, Swara Savagaonkar, and Alex Yim. Alanna McCracken and Samarth Rao are the Tolt Middle School students on the Stealth Robotics Worlds team this year.
Students are supported and accompanied by seven mentors, with experience from Boeing and Microsoft, as well as enthusiastic support from parents and family members.
“FIRST is an organization that has been such an important part of our lives,” shares parent Amy Holyfield. “The experience the students get through robotics with collaboration, competition, and learning how to overcome the challenges they must recognize and find solutions together, all while displaying FIRST’s spirit of gracious professionalism, is really something special.”
The inaugural FIRST Robotics Competition saw 28 teams compete in a regional high school gymnasium in 1992. For the two Worlds competitions, 1,300 robots and more than 70,000 people will attend, making FIRST Robotics a massively popular program not just regionally, but nationally and internationally as well.
To watch Stealth Team #4089 compete in Houston from April 17-21, 2019, the competition is broadcast through the Twitch streaming platform at: https://twitch.tv/firstinspires .
For more information about Stealth Robotics and Team #4089, please visit the team website at: http://stealthrobotics.org .
To follow Stealth Robotics on social media:
Facebook: Stealth Robotics Team 4089