By CHRIS EDENS
Team Warhorse is ready for battle.
The Oologah Robotics Team will compete in the Oklahoma City regional FIRST Robotics tourament this weekend.
This is the second year Oologah has entered a robot in the competition. Last year, Team Warhorse qualified for nationals with a Rookie All Star award and they’re hoping for a repeat trip this year.
“I think we’ve got a chance to do well. I think we have a good solid team. Last year’s experience should help us quite a bit,” team co-captain Brandon Ingram said.
There is a new game announced every year for the robotics competition. This year’s game is called Aerial Assist.
Three team alliances will work together passing, catching and scoring goals with two-foot diameter balls in 2 1/2 minute matches. The game looks a little like robot basketball. Teams can score bonus points by passing the ball over an elevated truss in the center of the field.
The game was announced Jan. 4 and students had to stop work on their robots Feb. 18. The students received a parts kit with motors, batteries, a control system, a PC, automation components and limited instruction.
There will be 46 teams from Oklahoma and 16 teams from surrounding states competing at the Oklahoma City regional. Alliances will be formed through a random drawing for the preliminary rounds. The top eight teams pick two teams for their alliances for the final rounds.
“If you’re not a top team you need to demonstrate how you can benefit any alliance,” said robotics instructor Danny Pruett. “We feel like we’ll be able to shoot well and we’re going to be very fast. We have a robust robot and we can play offense or defense.”