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Success with a spark: Bingham’s robotics team nails qualification rounds

May 06, 2024 04:12PM ● By Julie Slama

Bingham High’s 8-Bit Miners, seen here adjusting their robot, competed in the play-off round at the Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Bingham High’s 8-Bit Miners won five of its qualification rounds and competed in the play-off rounds Feb. 29-March 2 during the Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, which was held at the Maverik Center.

In FIRST Robotics, the teams first are challenged to build industrial-size robots following strict rules and limited time and resources, while also fundraising to meet their goals, designing a team “brand,” and advancing respect and appreciation for STEM within the local community. 

Then, at the regional competition, they take part in Crescendo, this year’s game themed around music. It involves two alliances consisting of three teams each competing to perform various tasks, including shooting rings known as “notes” into goals, and hanging on chains at the end of the match.

Sandy’s Waterford School’s Ravens grabbed seven wins in qualification rounds and won four of its five play-off matches to be an event finalist.  They also received the Autonomous Award in Utah and at the Idaho Regionals, the Quality Award.

The school’s second team, First-Year Ravens, claimed five qualification wins.

Other Sandy teams competing in Utah’s Regionals include Alta High’s ICARUS INNOVATED, which secured eight wins in qualification rounds and was an alliance captain in the play-offs. The team won the Team Sustainability Award sponsored by Dow in Utah and at the Idaho Regionals, the Creativity Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation.

Alta High’s second team, the New Hawks, won five qualification rounds.

Jordan High’s Gravediggers recorded four qualification round wins.

Murray’s AMES’ Amperes was awarded the Quality Award and grabbed two wins and Cottonwood High’s Underdogs won four qualification wins. Holladay’s Olympus High’s BityBots 8174 won four of its qualification rounds and Draper’s Corner Canyon High’s Charger Robotics won five of its qualification rounds.

Midvale’s Hillcrest High’s Husky Robotics won a qualification match and received the Team Spirit Award. In addition, Hillcrest’s sophomore Senya Walker received the FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award and will be attending the World Championships. The team received the same awards at the Las Vegas Regional contest. λ