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CCHS Robotics Team Competes at MSU

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Photo credit to Jessica Paine, Murray Ledger and Times

Two teams from CCHS competed on March 12 at the Kentucky State Championship for FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics held on the campus of Murray State University with twenty one registered teams from Kentucky and five other states. FIRST Tech Challenge is one of four competitive robotics programs offered by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)  The robots are student built from kit materials 18"X18"x18" robots competing on a 12'x12' field.  Robots compete in qualifications matches during the tournament and the top fours robot teams select two partners teams to compete in double elimination matches to determine the champion.

Two CCHS teams who have been working on robots since September (Team 14727 "Mind of the Machine" and team 18865 "Will of the Machine").  Both teams competed at this event and earn recognition.  Team 14727 finished ranked 14th and 18865 finished ranked 12th. 

  • Team 14727 Won the Motivate Award
  • Team 18865 Was First Runner-up in the Innovation Award for their three wheeled omni direction drive system.
  • Team 18865 was the second robot chosen by the fourth ranked Allegiance captain to compete in the elimination matches.  The alliance lost their first match but won their second (with contributions from our robot) but lost their third match.  Competing in the elimination matches was a tremendous reward for the team. Their opposing alliance lead by a team from Louisville won the tournament. 
  • Lastly, the only individual student award given in FIRST is the FIRST Deans List semi-finalist.  Named in honor of FIRST Co-Founder Dean Kamen. Candidates are choose from a combinations of interviews and a coach recommendation letter where two students from Kentucky FIRST Tech Challenge Teams are chosen as semi-finalist to represent Kentucky at the world Championship of FIRST.  The two semifinalists selected at the State Championship are a young man from Craft Academy and CCHS junior Kerrigan McManus. Her submission letter and interview notes will be review and considered during the World Championship event in Houston Texas where 10 finalists will be chosen.  

 

 

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Photo credit to Jessica Paine, Murray Ledger and Times





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