Pictured are Bluestone Robotics team members and mentors, from left to right, Ethan Sweet, Tracy Ellis, Brandon Campbell, Ethan Arnold, Ethan Jones, Ethan Nipper, Tristan Adams, Reagan Elliott, Sharon Harris, Leonard Passmore and Marsh Passmore.
Tristan Adams and Gavin Foster show off the robotics fair exhibit they designed. The Skrappy drive team is offering live demonstrations to the public from 4-6 p.m. at the South Central Fair in Chase City on Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Education Building.
Drive team to perform at South Central Fair
As it trains a new drive team for the 2020 season, the Bluestone High School First Robotics team and its robot, Skrappy, participated in the Blue Ridge Brawl preseason competition in Salem, Va., over the weekend.
The competition at this event was top-notch, with 15 of the 17 teams having qualified for the world championship in Detroit, Mich., earlier this year. Nevertheless, Skrappy finished in ninth place in this competition.
“We took seven members from the team, which provided the opportunity for 12 matches as we rotated the team through different combinations of coach, driver, human player, assistant driver and technician,” said Leonard Passmore, one of the Bluestone team’s mentors.” Of the 17 teams, 15 were sponsored by teams that qualified for the world competition last spring, making this an excellent measure of the Skrappy team for the 2020 season.”
Skrappy finished ahead of at least six teams that qualified for world competition last season.
The Skrappy drive team is offering live demonstrations to the public from 4-6 p.m. at the South Central Fair in Chase City on Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Education Building.
The game for the 2020 First Robotics competition season will be released on Jan. 4, 2020. The theme is based on the Star Wars movies, with this teaser announcement on the First Robotics website: “Throughout history, great civilizations have risen, then fallen. Now it’s our turn to rise — building and bolstering our own planetary metropolis. This 2019-2020 season, FIRST RISE SM, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, is setting out to inspire citizens of the galaxy to work together, strengthening and protecting the force that binds us and creating a place where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth.”