January 25, 2017

Local school wins robotics compeition

From Redmond Proficiency Academy, 

Redmond Proficiency Academy Robotics Team wins
FIRST Tech Challenge Team Robotics Competition

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   Redmond Proficiency Academy is pleased to announce its FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Team #6727, “Roberto,” won the Central Oregon League Tournament held January 21st at Summit High School in Bend.

   Team #6727 also won the PTC Design Award for its innovative lift design. This award is given to teams that are able to innovate and incorporate industrial design elements in their robot.

   RPA’s other FTC Robotics Team #5627, “The Robotics Quasar Alliance,” was the Finalist Alliance Captain and won the Think Award for its original programming and design documentation in its engineering notebook. The Think Award is given to the team with the best engineering notebook, which contains the development history and explanation of the robot, including both software and mechanical designs.

   Senior Alex Guyer said, “Our notebook included documentation of each team meeting, a team bios section, and a section containing an explanation of our creative software solutions. The solutions included a program which replicates driver movements autonomously, a single-joystick steering system enhanced by a gyro accelerometer, and an algorithm allowing for the use of the robot Android phone's camera as a color sensor.”

   “It was both exciting and somewhat heartbreaking to see both RPA teams battling it out in the final round. Both teams worked very hard to make it to that point, but only one team could win,” said robotics teacher Josh White. “It is great for them to get the recognition for their accomplishments, and it is exciting that both teams get to move forward in the competition.”

   The teams’ performances and achievements advanced both teams to the Super Qualifying Tournament on February 11th in Hillsboro, where they will compete with other top-ranked teams from around the state with hopes to advance to the Oregon FTC State Championship.

   “We are excited to modify our robot according to the advanced designs we saw implemented by other teams and continue to develop our own designs to excel in the super qualifiers in Hillsboro. We are optimistic regarding the prospects,” said Guyer.

About Redmond Proficiency Academy
The Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA) is a public charter school operating in the Redmond School District. In its eighth year of operation, RPA serves over 800 students in grades 6-12 from throughout Central Oregon. Using a proficiency-based instructional methodology in a personalized learning environment, RPA strives to prepare all students for success in college and in life.

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