PRHS Robo Lions: On the Road to Victory
SUWANEE, Georgia — March 5, 2014 — 70,000 high school students around the world are competing to build the best robot in FRC—the FIRST Robotics Competition. Students are given a six week period starting in early January to build a robot that can play in the annual game. In this year’s game, Aerial Assist, robots carry large balls across the field, pass them to each other, and shoot them into goals to score points. After the six weeks are over, students are required to stop build, and await regional competitions in the weeks following. Peachtree Ridge High School robotics students have been hard at work the past two months, and recently competed in and won their first competition of the 2014 season this weekend at the Palmetto Regional competition in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The matches took place the weekend of March 1st, competing first in qualification matches then followed by elimination rounds. With a final match score of 166-122, the Robo Lions together with a team from Tennessee and another from North Carolina won as a part of a three-team alliance and are the first from Georgia to acquire a regional win this year. For the first week of competition, the team from Peachtree Ridge High School has been ranked 15th by third-party ranker FRC Top 25 out of more than 300 teams who participate in a first-week regional.
By winning a regional competition, the Robo Lions have been automatically offered a seat at the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition World Championship in late April. But before the team heads to St.Louis for the Championship, they will be competing once again at the Peachtree Regional Competition in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center for the weekend of March 29th.