Hamilton FIRST team learns robotics game

Hamilton High School Robotics team members have begun working on their robots for the 2004 Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition. Team members learned details of this year’s game at the nationally televised kickoff.

The object of the game, “FIRST Frenzy: Raising the Bar,” is for the robot to trigger balls, then collect and feed them to a human player who will throw them in two goals. The robot will attempt to cap the goals with larger balls to double the point value. The robot will then hang from a center pull-up bar. Each match will feature 2-team alliances playing from opposite ends of the field in what organizers refer to as “coopetition.”

The Hamilton team is one of 16 from Wisconsin that will design, create a prototype, build and test a robot to compete in regional and national competitions. Regionals will be March 11-13 in St. Louis and March 25-27 at Northwestern University in Evanstan, Ill. National competition is April 10-12 for what is billed as the “NASCAR of Robotics” at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.