Members of the state champion Infinite Resistance robotics team, from left: front, Ryan Fisher (Lakota West), Freddie Tessier (Lakota West), Isabelle Tessier (Lakota West), Alex Bunk (Loveland), Nick Zhao (Mason) and Eric Ambrus (Lakota West); back, Scott Fisher (coach), Sylvie Tessier (assistant coach), Alexande Tessier (Lakota West) and John Tryger (Lakota West). Photo provided.
Team 4530 Infinite Resistance composed of students from Lakota West, Loveland, and Mason schools placed first overall in the First Tech Challenge Ohio State Championship Saturday at iSpace on the Scarlet Oaks campus.
First Tech Challenge is a robotics competition developed by FIRST comprising more than 1,600 teams from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and other countries worldwide.
Infinite Resistance team members Nick Zhao of Mason, Alexander Tessier of West Chester, Alex Bunk of Loveland and Ryan Fisher of West Chester make some adjustments on their robot at Scarlet Oaks Career campus in Sharonville during a previous competition. Photo taken by Tony Jones.
The Ohio Championship consisted of 24 finalist robotics teams that had previously been selected from regional qualifying events in Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton held last month consisting of more than 60 teams. The championship is the culmination of six months of effort by teams to design, program and test their robots to meet the criteria in this years “Ring It Up” challenge.
The team has been invited to compete at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis beginning April 24. In addition, Team 4530 Infinite Resistance won the PTC Design Award. This judged award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic. All successful robots have innovative design aspects; however, the PTC Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution.
Infinite Resistance team members are:
- Lakota West – Eric Ambrus, Isabelle Tessier, Alexandre Tessier, Frederick Tessier, John Trygier and Ryan Fisher.
- Loveland – Alex Bunk.
- Mason – Nick Zhao.
FIRST Robotics is catalyst for getting students interested and involved in science, technology, engineering and math. The program creates a challenging learning environment for these students to practice hands on involvement in designing and programming sophisticated machines to carry out tasks. The skills learned are directly applicable to real world devices they will be involved with designing, engineering and programming as technology professionals.
In addition to the technical challenge, teams work to create community outreach to promote science and engineering to other students. Team 4530, with its corporate sponsors of SentriLock , Christ Hospital, and Amerigroup participated in bringing robotics to inner city S.T.E.M. schools by donating Lego Mindstorms Kits and spending time teaching other students how to build and program as well as enabling students to go to iSpace camp through scholarships.
Additionally, Ryan Fisher of Team 4530 Infinite Resistance was honored with the Nelson Vincent Award which recognizes an outstanding high school volunteer. Fisher gave countless hours of time and talent volunteering at iSpace robotics programming camps and working with underserved youths to foster an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
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