Houston, TX – FIRST® Robotics Team 3847 - Spectrum - from St. Agnes Academy and Strake Jesuit College Prep competed in the Houston Robot Remix on November 2, 2013, in The Woodlands against 21 other teams and took home the championship. After starting the competition with only one win in its first five matches, Spectrum finished the qualification rounds with three straight victories. They partnered with team 1477: Texas Torque from The Woodlands, and team 3335: The Cy-Ranch Cy-Borgs for the elimination rounds, continuing its winning streak into the finals to finish the day with a 10-4 record.
They competed in ULTIMATE ASCENT®, a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) game that challenges teams to build a robot that can shoot Frisbees into ten foot high goals both autonomously and while under the control of student drivers. At the end of the match, teams receive additional points if their robot can climb an eight foot-tall pyramid structure near the center of the field. Two alliances of three teams each compete against each other in every match.
Spectrum Coach Allen Gregory says, "This experience gives our new members an idea of what the competitions will be like next season and provides them with an idea of just how much work it takes to win an event. It also gives them an introduction to the community that has been built around this program. There are great teams all around Texas. We are all friends and we are there to help each other and push each other to do better and better each year. Gracious Professionalism is a pillar of FIRST®; its goal is to expand beyond building a good robot and teach students how to be better people."
FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, was founded by inventor Dean Kamen and MIT professor Dr. Woodie Flowers in 1992 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology and to lead them into STEM career fields. Teams spent six weeks building a 120-pound robot to compete in this year’s game, Ultimate Ascent.
Houston Robot Remix is hosted at College Park High School and run by the Lone Star Regional Committee and Texas Torque. This is the events second year and it is already one of the premier off-season FRC events in the state.