This is a grant from The Awesome Fund, dedicated solely to student clubs and organizations, and funded by a generous Hopkins alumnus, a matching donation from his employer, and the family & friends of Ethan Lang
The Technocrats FIRST Robotics Club is taking their West Coast Drivetrain, underwritten a year ago by The Awesome Fund, on the road to Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota for the Great Northern Regional Competition. As the team works toward a berth in the world championships in Detroit, they must first survive three grueling 12-hour days mid-March in the Grand Forks contest – troubleshooting, fine tuning, and making modifications all in a 10’ x10’ pit. In an additional twist, matches are comprised of randomly assigned alliances with other clubs. Beginning with practice and then qualifying matches, by lunch time on Day 3, the top eight teams will draft their own alliance partners and battle it out. This grant funds the Grand Forks entry fee to allow the club additional practice in the arena, an extra chance to qualify for the world championships, and a better look at fellow competitors before the Minneapolis Competition in late March. The Technocrats will not find out the ‘game’ for the 2019 contest until January 5th, and then have six weeks to design, build and test their robot for competition.
Awesome Fund HHS
Submitters: Sam Simon (student), Jason Herzog (coach), Alyson Purdy (faculty advisor)