The Escondido Charter High School robotics team – also known as Daedalus – scored a huge victory at the San Diego Regional FRC Competition this last weekend, earning a spot in the World Championship event, to be held in Houston, Texas, April 19th through the 22nd. Sixty-six teams from around the country – and around the world – battled it out at the three-day event that pitted robot against robot and high school against high school. Ultimately, our robot alliance prevailed.
This year’s challenge had a steampunk theme and required robots to deliver large plastic gears to a human player on an airship, shoot fuel (whiffle balls) into a boiler, and climb a rope to secure a spot on the airship. The Daedalus robot was able to perform all of these functions well as it moved swiftly from one end of the field to the other. The team set the high score on Friday and wrapped up their seed rounds on Saturday by defeating the number one ranked team.
Going into the elimination rounds, the ECHS robotics team was allied with two other teams – Paradox, from San Dieguito Academy, and the Patribots from Patrick Henry High School. Together, they won six of their seven matches to seize the top spot at the tournament. Their winning alliance took on some of the best robots at the event and thrilled the crowd with exciting “at the buzzer” wins.
The ECHS robotics team now has its sights on the World Championship in Houston, Texas, where they will be competing against hundreds of team from around the world. With a short timeline, the team will need to raise nearly $27,000 to get their students, their tools, and the robot to the event. If you would like to help sponsor the team, please contact David Tarr at firstname.lastname@example.org. the school is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and all donations are tax deductible.