Bioscience High School's Dragon Robotics Hosts Qualifying Tournament

Posted by Community Relations on 12/3/2014

Bioscience High School's Dragon Robotics hosted a qualifying tournament for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge robotics competition, November 22. Teams from around Arizona and Nevada attended to compete playing the robot game: “Cascade Effect,” hoping to win a spot at the Arizona/New Mexico Region Championships in Flagstaff in February. Bioscience, which has four teams did not compete, but rather will compete at a later qualifying tournament to be held at Cesar Chavez in January. Four district teams did compete, including Metro Tech Knight Tech Robotics, and three teams from Cesar Chavez' SciTech Robotics. Cesar Chavez, won one of the three spots to the Championships, along with Brophy and a team from Nevada.

This competition involves smaller robots, able to fit within an 18-inch cube. The game was revealed in September. There are 70 teams in the region and six qualifying tournaments in which to earn a spot at the region championships. If a team wins there, they can go to the FIRST World Championships in April.

The Dragon Robotics will also compete in the FIRST Robotics competition next semester, building and operating robots up to 120-pounds. They will go to three regionals in February and March- one in California, and the two Arizona Regionals at Hamilton High School, and Grand Canyon University. Jessica Popham is the Bioscience Robotics coach.