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FIRST Robotics Competition Results

RoboticsFIRST1A FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Competition was held on Saturday December 15th at Montana Tech in the HPER. The tournament included 12 teams from across Montana competing for the right to qualify for the state championship to be held in Bozeman in February.  Dr. Michele Van Dyne from the Computer Science Department helped organize the event with assistance from Oracle employees in Bozeman. Over two dozen volunteers from Montana Tech (including faculty and students) and Oracle helped put on the event that ran from 10 am to 3 pm.

The Tech Challenge involves two alliances of two robots working together to place their colored rings on a rack in middle of the arena. Rings placed on the higher racks are worth more points. If the robot can identify a heavier ring and places it on the corner rack then that is also worth more points. The 2 1/2 minute competition starts with a 30 second period that the robots run in autonomous mode using a program the students have written and loaded into their robot. For the next 2 minutes, pairs of students use remote controllers to move their robots and pick up rings in the arena. Referees officiate each competetion to make sure all the rules are correctly followed.

The Montana Standard published a nice article on the event.

Results of the competition are published in a separate Montana Standard article.

FIRST Competition

Four robots competing in a 2.5 minute match


A student tries out Tech's Molly Moon Miner


Nao shows off his dance moves for students.


Keith Vertanen teaches Nao to play cards

RoboticsACMMontana Tech's ACM Club sold concessions during the competion to raise money for the club's activities.