Houston, TX - FIRST® Robotics Team 3847 - Spectrum - from St. Agnes Academy and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory will be hosting the inaugural Texas Robotics Invitational on June 21, 2014, in the Strake Jesuit Competition Gym, 8900 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, Texas, 77036. There will be 32 FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) teams participating in the event, planned and organized by Spectrum, the FIRST Lone Star Regional Committee, and Houston area teams and volunteers.
The teams will be competing in AERIAL ASSIST®; an FRC® game that challenges teams of high school students and engineers to build a robot that can autonomously launch large exercise balls into goals seven feet high while under the control of student drivers. Each match pits two alliances of three teams against each other. The alliances must work together to earn the large point bonuses earned through teamwork. Each alliance must move the balls down the field while also attempting to slow down the offense of the opposing alliance.
The event consists of qualification matches that are played with randomly assembled alliances. The teams who exit the qualification rounds in the top eight are designated “alliance captains.” The alliance captains then select their partners to play with in the elimination matches held in the afternoon. Each alliance is also given a randomly assigned fourth partner that completes their alliance. All 32 teams will be playing in the elimination rounds.
The goal of this event, with its unique alliance selection process, is to promote corporation among teams and to strengthen the community of Texas FRC teams. In addition, TRI gives teams more play time and provides an opportunity to practice competing on a real competition field. This event is free of charge to all invited teams and has the generous support of the Texas Workforce Commission, FIRST in Texas, and the FIRST Lone Star Regional Committee.
The event is also free and open to the public and press. This is a great event for children of all ages to learn about robots and the fantastic STEM programs that exist around Texas.