Last Saturday, Feb. 4, the South Beach robotics team, Fishy Business Inc. (F.B.I.), qualified for the FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC) West Super Regional Championship March 9 through 12. That competition will pit the top 74 teams across 14 western states against each other in Tacoma . Top placers in that event will advance to the World Championships in Houston, Texas in mid-April.
4th at State
F.B.I. earned 4th place in qualifications at the State Championships in Kent. and won the Control Award for their documentation of robot control components. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) teams composed of students and adult mentors build game-playing robots they operate in head-to-head challenges in an alliance format with other teams.
South Beach area students: Seniors Enapay Croy, Aaron Doull and Kaylie Prieur, junior Kaden Smith, freshmen Evan Smith, Samatha Starkey and Markay Williams, along with 7th grader Jayson Davidson, have put in thousands of hours as a team since the season began in September to design and build a robot that will perform prescribed tasks in a competition setting.
With their awesome performance at their past four events, including 1st place at the Interleague event, there is a high likelihood that they will also qualify for World Championships,” said mentor Joe Prieur.
“The team has been meeting several evenings during the week and long days on weekends. Their hard work and determination is paying off, but they need help getting to the next competition. Up to this point, the team has relied primarily on grants received earlier in the season from Boeing, OSPI and FIRST. Further progression requires funds to be raised to cover necessities like travel, lodging, meals, registration fees, and replacement robot parts,” he said.
Toward that end, Fishy Business, Inc. has established a GoFundMe account, with the goal of reaching $6,000 within a month to help defray expenses for air travel, overnight stays, meals, ground transportation and robot replacement parts.
4H Ocosta Robotics is a registered non-profit under 4H. Your donation may be tax deductible. Please see your tax professional for further details.
You can follow the team’s progress on Facebook at fb.me/FTC11121 or search Facebook for “FTC11121.”
Their Facebook page includes a link to the GoFundMe site. Donations in any amount would be greatly appreciated.
If a business is interested in sponsorship or having the students do a presentation to better understand the skills learned and developed by the team, please email to: FRC3787@gmail.com