Team Torque Finalists in Robotics Competition
Team Torque, the Brewster Academy Robotics Team, was among the finalists in the New England District – Granite State Event FIRST Robotics Competition last weekend – impressive for the young team that is only in its second year of existence.
“It was great seeing our team come together over the course of the weekend – in between matches we had to troubleshoot, make repairs, find parts, adjust programming, and strategize with other teams,” faculty advisor Scott Domingos said.
“Our robot’s effectiveness at delivering cubes at the exchanges was recognized by other teams and led to our being selected by a top-seeded team for the playoff round. We made it all the way to the finals and are already looking forward to our next event at UNH at the end of the month.”
This year’s game challenge involved two alliances of video game characters and their human operators who are trapped in an arcade game. Both alliances had to work to defeat the boss to escape.
The theme of the 2018 competition was FIRST Power Up. FIRST Robotics released the theme and competition details on January 6, at which time all teams had six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robots for competition. Due to a six-day February break, the Brewster team had five weeks to complete the assignment.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest in science and technology. Kamen was Brewster Academy’s 2016 commencement speaker.
Team members included seniors Zaha Al-Zaabi, Hunter Chasens, Fred Liautaud, Namwan Pharino, Sam Wang, Yuwen Wang, Logan Young, Edward; sophomores Edward Burton, Kaede Kawata, John Liu, Jack Reasoner, Youssef Solimon, and freshman Tyler Balint and Davis Wood.
Brewster’s robotics program is supported by a few generous donors.