Shaker High School FIRST Robotics Team 2791 competed at the New York Tech Valley Regional Competition held March 16-18, 2017 at the ECAV arena, located on the RPI campus. Shaker joined with teams from Quebec and Brooklyn to form an alliance that performed well throughout elimination matches and dominated in the final round, winning the competition. This win marks the team’s first regional championship since its inaugural year of 2009. Shaker Robotics is comprised of 55 student members and numerous dedicated mentors, including SHS instructors Brian Ashline, Garry Bottini, and Joel Scism. Several RPI student mentors, team alumni and parents also mentor the team.
“We made it a goal to do whatever it took to get the team to the championship this year and we did it,” said SHS technology teacher, Brian Ashline. “I am so proud of the team for all their hard work and commitment.”
The RPI event featured 36 high school teams from NY, MA, CT, SC, Quebec, Mumbai and Istanbul for three days of competition. Teams relied on their student-designed robots’ accuracy, speed, maneuverability, and design to successfully meet the rigorous objectives of this year’s SteamworksSM game challenge.
The team competes again at the New York City Regional on April 7-9, where they will try for a second regional championship. Their win on Saturday qualifies Team 2791 to compete at the national FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO on April 26-29.
In addition to their regional title, the team was awarded the coveted Industrial Design Award, sponsored by General Motors. This award celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge.
The team is sponsored by Boeing, CipherTechs, PVA, The Abrams-Llewellyn Family, CAPCOM FCU, The Colden Company, prbc, LTBG Partners, and Simmons Machine Tool Corporation.
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