Jackson RoboBroncs head to World Championships

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Last weekend, the Jackson RoboBroncs competed in the regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in Salt Lake City. The team was awarded the Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation, which celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication. They were also runner-ups in the robot competition. This earned the team a wildcard spot, which gave them a spot at the World Championships in St. Louis at the end of April. A mentor from the Jackson team, Wes Womack from Epsilon Technology Corp., won the Woody Flower's award. It is presented to an outstanding Mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills. FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an international high school robotics competition. According to coach Gary Gary Duquette, each year, teams of high school students and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots that weigh up to 120 pounds (54 kg).[6] Robots complete tasks such as scoring balls into goals, flying discs into goals, inner tubes onto racks, hanging on bars, and balancing robots on balance beams. The game changes yearly, keeping the excitement fresh and giving each team a more level playing field. While teams are given a standard set of parts, they are also allowed a budget and encouraged to buy or make specialized parts. FRC is one of four robotics competition programs organized by FIRST. In 2016, the 25th year of competition, 3128 teams with roughly 75,000 students and 19,000 mentors from 24 countries built robots. They competed in 53 Regional Competitions, 65 District Qualifying Competitions, and 8 District Championships. 600 teams will win slots to attend the FIRST Championship, where they will competed in a tournament. In addition to on-field competition, teams and team members compete for awards recognizing entrepreneurship, creativity, engineering, industrial design, safety, controls, media, quality, and exemplifying the core values of the program. Here are some photos from the competition: [image: Inline image 1][image: Inline image 2][image: Inline image 4] *Feature Photo: h/t Jackson Hole RoboBroncs / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news