Robotics Team blazes ahead

After a nerve-wracking three day span of fierce competition at Troy Athens High School, FRC team 4377-Boyne City Blaze high school robotics team brought home the district title and first place trophy for their student-built and driven automaton.
Katelyn Skornia, Camden MacKenzie, Liz O'Donnell, head coach Dale Thomason, Forest Kerr, Kelly Bellant, mentor Paul Brewer, Chris Moore, Team Captain David Rushlow, Richard Carpenter, Brendan Heath, Paul Esch-Laurent; kneeling left to right  Jacob Brewer, volunteer Alison Burnell, mentor Dennis O'Donnell, assistant coach Tom Heath, and Alex Stutzman.  Team members not pictured:  Jill Solomon, Irene Seaver, Kyle Sitkins, Landon Kartes Assistant Coach Christine Swiss, Kevin Moore and David Skornia
Katelyn Skornia, Camden MacKenzie, Liz O’Donnell, head coach Dale Thomason, Forest Kerr, Kelly Bellant, mentor Paul Brewer, Chris Moore, Team Captain David Rushlow, Richard Carpenter, Brendan Heath, Paul Esch-Laurent; kneeling left to right Jacob Brewer, volunteer Alison Burnell, mentor Dennis O’Donnell, assistant coach Tom Heath, and Alex Stutzman. Team members not pictured: Jill Solomon, Irene Seaver, Kyle Sitkins, Landon Kartes Assistant Coach Christine Swiss, Kevin Moore and David Skornia

After a nerve-wracking three day span of fierce competition at Troy Athens High School, FRC team 4377-Boyne City Blaze high school robotics team brought home the district title and first place trophy for their student-built and driven automaton. In only their second year as a team, the Blaze entered the competition and left a champion.

The worldwide FIRST Robotics Competition of 2013 was a battle themed “Ultimate Ascent”. FIRST is an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”. In order to participate in this year’s game, each robot had to be built to shoot Frisbees into a target area, climb a three-rung pyramid, or do both, all to earn points. The BC Blaze team designed a special defensive system that blocked the Frisbee shots of opposing teams, therefore keeping them from scoring. This innovation proved to be a strength that thwarted other teams and helped to seal the deal for BC Blaze and the other two teams in their alliance in the final two victorious matches. The score of the final winning match was 140-91.

The BC Blaze Robotics Team proudly represents their many sponsors including Industrial Magnetics Inc. (IMI), A+ Digital Djs, Fastenal, Precision Edge, BC Booster Foundation, City of Boyne City, Rotary, Kiwanis, Logo Pros, and Car Quest. The team would also like to thank all of the many friends and family members who have provided food for the team during long work days and have given time and money to support and mentor these students along the way. For more information visit www.usfirst.org www.boyne.k12.mi.us/robotics/index.html