The MohonBots, Mohonasen High School’s robotics team, recently competed in the FIRST Teach Challenge East Super Regional Championship Tournament. The tournament is an internationally recognized competition for students in grades seven through twelve and challenges teams of participants to design, build, program and test their own robots for competition.
The East Super Regional is the second-highest level of competition, and 2016 marks only the second time the Mohonasen team has made it to this level.
This year’s challenge was titled “FIRST Res-Q” and included a 30-second autonomous period in which teams drove their robots to specified areas on a playing field, deposited preloaded climbers and drove up a mountain structure. The teams then deposited debris into goals, directed their robots to hang from a pull-up bar and claimed an all-clear signal.
The MohonBots kicked off the weekend with an outstanding judges’ presentation on Friday, which highlighted the distinctiveness of their robot’s design, as well as the various fundraising and outreach events the team has completed. Their participation in the competition earned them their highest score this season: 392 points. On the last day of the competition, the team competed in one final, high-scoring match and enjoyed cheering on their fellow teams in the finals. For video clips from the tournament, view a summary video on YouTube created by the MohonBots.
“Although the MohonBots did not advance to the next level of competition, the team had an outstanding season highlighted with several awards and accomplishments, and left the Super Regional competition with nothing but pride in their robot and their work ethic,” George Reluzco, technology teacher and team coach said. “Great job, MohonBots!”