FIRST Robotics FRC competition season has started with week 2 competitions happening this week. Here in the Portland Oregon the Pacific Northwest District 3 has have 40 teams competing from the Pacific Northwest including the team I volunteer with Team 1540 Flaming Chickens. Autodesk is a proud supporter and sponsor of the PNW District and the big regional PNW Championships in April in addition to every student and teacher worldwide gets free Autodesk software. Autodesk’s Greg Fallon Vice President, DLS Simulation Product Line Group will be speaking during the opening ceremony Saturday morning.
Event Information: 2017 PNW District 3 Details – Held at Wilsonville High School PNW District - Wilsonville Event
I will be tweeting @shaanhurley from the event and hopefully the event will also be live streamed over the web at https://www.thebluealliance.com/.
Team 1540 whom I have worked with has posted their reveal video of their Hen Solo robot competing this week. https://youtu.be/MgXsboRnHNs
A new design competition for PNW FIRST Robotics teams will be launching and is sponsored by Autodesk and OMSI and developed and run by Team 1540. Teams will be designing solutions to solve problems in the community to solve that challenge or need. Read more about LEAP.
LEAP (Linking Engineering and Philanthropy) is an event for FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) & High School FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams, generously supported by Autodesk. It is designed to get robotics teams out in the community and using their engineering skills to help non-profits. As FIRST likes to say, “It’s not about the robot.” A nice example: Designing More than Robots - The JuiceBox Project
Teams in the PNW can sign up at a website http://team1540.org/leap or see Team 1540 Catlin Gabel’s Flaming Chickens in the pit at the Wilsonville competition for more info on how teams can get involved and win some money.
I hope to see you in Wilsonville as these competitions are amazing see how smart and creative these high school teams are!