State Robotics Competition - Joanna Joy Photography
and by event photography, I mean family documentary photography. We no longer shoot Little League games, Pop Warner football, or soccer. We now document bots catching air and refs in kilts. #sportofthemind folks that’s where it’s at. With all due respect, we should though take a moment and mourn soccer. Should we talk about how many years I spent on the sidelines on chilly January mornings, watching a 4 year old not touch the ball for 7 games straight?? or of the many hot afternoons spent watching games in sweltering September heat? and now when the games finally get good and the kids can actually play – at U16 – the beautiful game is abandoned?? No guilt my son no guilt. Come graduation day Mama will be proud I promise you. And seeing how much he actually really really enjoys this – it’s not even a choice. This right here is where he feels most at home.
Last year was Mathias’s first year on the FIRST Robotics team 1828Boxerbots. He absolutely loved it. Each team is made up of sub teams: Programming, Design, Build, Business, and Electronics. Mathias takes part in Design team and then Build team – welding and advance fabrication. They spend the pre-season learning and training with mentors – Boxer Bots is recruiting mentors with an engineering background if this would interest someone you know! In January – a one day global announcement explaining the mission, challenges, and rules launches “build season”. The following six weeks of crazy hours and hard work, the students themselves design and build and program a robot to overcome the challenges. 2016 was the year of the Stonghold, with drawbridges and moats to cross, towers to climb, and balls to launch into said towers. FIRST competitions were held earlier this spring – the Boxer Bots competed in Flagstaff AZ and in Lubbock TX. This past weekend the State Competition was held in Phoenix at Arcadia High School.
Though we didn’t make the finals at this event I’m so proud of our team, their spirit, and their hard work! Looking forward to this year’s challenge FIRST Steamworks! If your family is up for movie night – Spare Parts is a true story featuring a robotics team from Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix. As the season goes on, I’ll post live links to regional competitions on our facebook page!