Allied Automation received the opportunity to sponsor and participate in the 2015 Indiana First Robotics District Championship. The event took place April 2nd through 4th at Warren Central High School here in Indianapolis.
The Indiana First Robotics Competition is geared towards high school students ages 14 to 18 that have an aptitude for science and technology. Each student gets the opportunity to work alongside professional engineers to help perfect their custom and innovative robot design. As an added bonus, student participants can qualify for over $16 million in college scholarships.
Representing our team from Allied, Greg and Andrew attended the event as sponsors of the Rookie Team Build segment. We also hosted a Pneumatic Training Session on December 10th to help the students learn and understand the basics of how to build pneumatic systems within their machines. This training session was one of many that we host at our Indianapolis office.
The theme of this year’s event was “Recycle Rush”, a recycling-themed game played by two alliances comprised of three robots each. In keeping with the recycling theme, all game pieces used must be reusable or recyclable by the teams in their home locations.
“Recycle Rush” Video
Andrew was also a machine judge during the robotics event. He interviewed the teams and was one of four individuals responsible for awarding the winning machines and forwarding the teams to the state championships.
This was an amazing opportunity for Allied. In fact, it was contagious. Moving forward, our team plans to develop a new training program specifically designed for students and mentors during the off-season of the Indiana First Robotics competition.
To learn more about IndianaFIRST go to: http://www.indianafirst.org/
Or to learn more about the FIRST Robotics Competition and Programs: http://www.indianafirst.org/first-robotics-competition