Team 254 Wins Silicon Valley Regional Robotics Competition

Posted: April 15, 2016

Team 254 took first place in the Silicon Valley Regional (SVR) FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) held April 6-9 at San Jose State University. Competing with alliance partners, Team 1678 from Davis, CA, and Team 1662 from Lodi, CA, this is the ninth consecutive year the team, also known as the Cheesy Poofs, have won SVR.

The competition drew 64 teams, the majority of which were from California, although teams from Hawaii, Istanbul and China also participated.

The game for the 2016 competitive season, FIRST Stronghold, is played by two alliances of three teams each. Teams breach their opponent’s defenses, known as outer works, in order to capture their tower. Points are scored by firing boulders (i.e. foam balls) at tower goals and scaling the tower itself. Team 254’s robot, Dropshot, was designed and built in Bellarmine’s newly-expanded robotics lab on campus. The 8-wheel drive robot, with pneumatic wheels, fast intake, and turreted shooter allow for the robot to maneuver obstacles, pick up boulders quickly and aim at the goal without having to adjust position.

Team 254 will next compete in the World Championships in St. Louis April 27-30.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) inspires young people to be science and technology leaders. By engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, the program inspires innovation, and fosters well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Related Articles

  • Bellarmine Hall of Fame

    Posted July 16, 2019

    San Jose, CA Bellarmine College Preparatory will recognize four distinguished alumni at its Hall of Fame ceremony the evening of August 24, 2019.

    Those to be honored, and their respective categories, are: Kevin Frandsen, Class of 2000 (Athletics); Bill Del Biaggio, Jr., Class of 1958 (Business); Jim Harville, Class of 1963 (Humanities & Fine Arts); and Major General D. Scott McKean, Class of 1986 (Public Service).

  • Laughter on the 23rd Floor

    Posted July 1, 2019

    San Jose, CA The adage “laughter is good medicine” is a prescription for fun, and that is what Bellarmine Alumni Theatre hopes to accomplish with its staging of Laughter on the 23rd Floor, the comedy written by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Neil Simon that is his tribute to his early career as a 1950s television writer working alongside the legendary Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.

  • Bellarmine Chancellor Receives Honorary Doctorate

    Posted June 20, 2019

    San Jose, CA – Reverend Gerald T. Wade, S.J., chancellor of Bellarmine College Preparatory, its former president, and an alumnus of the all-boys Jesuit high school, is the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from Santa Clara University (SCU), given to him at SCU’s 168th Commencement held on June 15, 2019. Friend and Bellarmine colleague, Rev. Richard Cobb, S.J., introduced the honor, with the degree conferred by Rev. Michael Engh, S.J., president of SCU.