FIRST Robotics Team 1706, the Ratchet Rockers, will compete this weekend (April 26-29)
in the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO.
The Ratchet Rockers completed in 2 events this year. In Huntsville, MO they qualified #4 out of 50 teams but lost in the quarterfinals. In their other event in St. Louis they qualified #2 out of 52 teams and ended up winning the regional which qualified them for the Championship in St. Louis.
The robotics team is based in Wentzville, MO (just northwest of St. Louis) providing the opportunity to the kids in the Wentzville School District and pull students from 3 different high schools. They have approximately 50 students on the team and 6 full time CAD students as they started the school year.
One of our accomplishments this year is a great shooter
FRC mentor Mark Roberts was looking to expose the entire team to Autodesk Inventor and to address the learning needs of the existing experienced CAD users on the team. Mark planned on running a classroom led “Inventor 101” class but was in search for a solution where the students could access and learn independently after their class.
i GET IT and Tata Technologies are proud to be able to sponsor the Ratchet Rockers and provide the much needed training material. Supplying the team with 50 i GET IT Autodesk Annual Subscriptions, the entire team had the opportunity to learn Autodesk Inventor and any of our other Autodesk offerings independently and at their own pace.
“One of our accomplishments this year is a great shooter. I believe we are somewhere around the 20th best robot in the world (approx. 4500 teams) when it comes to scoring shooting fuels (balls).” said Mark Roberts of his team.
Following their regional win the team prototyped new and better functions for the robot so they can improve their chances against the 400-500 teams that will compete this weekend.
Here is video of this year’s game. Look for robot 1706, the one shooting all the balls.
Good Luck this weekend Ratchet Rockers!