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

  • Be a Coldbuster—Donate to Our Winter Warmth Drive

    Posted November 12, 2018

    Be a coldbuster! Join our efforts to collect warm clothing, blankets, and sleeping bags for our neighbors served by Sacred Heart Community Service and HomeFirst. Our Winter Warmth Drive runs from November 12-20.

  • Newsies Cast Announced

    Posted November 10, 2018

    Bellarmine's production of Newsies has been cast by director Peter Canavese.

  • Recipients of President's Award Announce Challenge Grant

    Posted November 5, 2018

    The 40th Annual President’s Award Dinner was held the evening of October 30 in the Samuel A. Liccardo Campus Center. The donor recognition event, attended by 250 guests, featured the presentation of the President’s Award, given each year to those who have demonstrated support to Bellarmine in a variety of ways.