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East Lake High School Robotic Team 79 Brings home the silver -Eastlakeblister.com 

Jonell Gregor
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• The East Lake High School Academy of Engineering Robotic team, Team 79, best known as Team KRUNCH, finished second at the FIRST Robotics Florida Regional. The event was held at the University of Central Florida Arena in Orlando on Thursday March 12 through Saturday, March 14.


ORLANDO, FLORIDA -

The East Lake High School Academy of Engineering Robotic team, Team 79, best known as Team KRUNCH, finished second at the FIRST Robotics Florida Regional. The event was held at the University of Central Florida Arena in Orlando on Thursday March 12 through Saturday, March 14.

Sixty teams competed in practice rounds on Thursday before moving into qualifying matches Friday and Saturday morning. The qualifying rounds match random alliances of three teams each.

Team KRUNCH, went into this year’s competition extremely well-prepared to meet the goals of the game. It went 7-2 in the qualifying matches and was seeded sixth for the elimination rounds Saturday afternoon. For the elimination rounds, the top-seeded teams from the qualifying matches select other teams for an alliance that stays together until eliminated from the competition. The elimination rounds are best-of-three matches.

In addition to Team KRUNCH, its alliance consisted of Team 744, the third-seeded team from Westminister Academy in Ft. Lauderdale and Team 1251, representing Atlantic Technical Magnet High School of Coconut Creek, Florida. In the quarter-finals, Team KRUNCH’s alliance won the first two matches, moving into the semi-finals. The alliance lost the first match of the semi-finals but came back to win its next two matches to move into the finals.

A very close final round matched Team KRUNCH’s alliance against an alliance consisting of Team 179 from Inlet Grove and Suncoast High Schools in Riviera Beach, Florida; Team 233, a consortium of Rockledge High School, Cocoa Beach High School, Viera High School, and Brevard County School District from Rockledge/Cocoa Beach/Viera, Florida; and Team 1649 representing Windemere Preparatory School in Windemere, Florida. The KRUNCH alliance lost the first match 92-62 but roared back to win the second match 109-42. Having more than doubled their opponent’s score in the second match, KRUNCH’s alliance could not use the 15-point Super Cells in the final, deciding match. The rubber match of the finals went down to the wire, with Team KRUNCH’s alliance losing 88-80.

In addition to winning the silver, Team KRUNCH won the Motorola Quality Award, which celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication. This award, which is a tribute to the Team and its robot, was determined by the judging team comprised of NASA engineers and engineers/CEO’s from supporting engineering companies.

This exciting competition helps to prepare the next generation of engineers, scientists, and astronauts who will inspire and lead our nation. FIRST Robotics competition students, mentors, teachers, and parents collaborated to design and build this years’ robot to best meet the needs of the game. Each of the over 2000 teams around the world, is given exactly 6 weeks to interpret the game, the rules, and then design and build a robot to accomplish the goal of the game. The robots are then crated and delivered to the first competition venue for the team.

The game this year is called LUNACY and is played on a 54’ x 27’ low friction field. Robots are equipped with slippery wheels and payload trailers. Lunacy game pieces are “Orbit Balls” designated as Moon Rocks, Empty Cells, or Super Cells. Two three-team robot alliances collect and score Orbit Balls in trailers attached to the opposing teams’ robots. Human players are positioned around the perimeter of the arena and can score from their stations. Robots are autonomous during the first 15 seconds of play, and teleoperated for the remaining 2 minutes.

East Lake High School Academy of Engineering, and Team KRUNCH are supported by Career Technical Education Foundation, Inc., Honeywell, Jabil, Nielsen Media, Coastal Caisson, Micron Pharmaworks, PALL Aeropower, and SRI International.
      
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