Vocademy sponsors a FIRST Robotics Competition Team (FRC) called, Robokong 2493.
Vocademy offers a whole bunch of classes right now that are beneficial for the robotics team members, and YOU, to use:
- Laser Cutting
- 3D Printing
- Machine Shop
- Computer Programming
- Welding & Fabrication
Call now to start taking these classes (951)266-6630.
We would like to invite YOU to see Robokong 2493 compete in person at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
- 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
- Friday, March 1, 2019
- Saturday, March 2, 2019
- 8am to 5pm
These yellow parts were 3D Printed at Vocademy:
What is FIRST Robotics?
They have 4 robotics programs for kids from ages 6 years through a Senior in High School.
First Robotics Competition (FRC) is the High School program for kids in 9th through 12th grades.
These teams compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed.
The excitement of sport, the rigors of science
“Under strict rules, limited resources, and the guidance of volunteer mentors including engineers, teachers, business professionals, parents, alumni and more, teams of 25+ students build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors. They must also raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and perform community outreach. In addition to learning valuable STEM and life skills, participants are eligible to apply for $80 million in college scholarships.” ~FIRST
Robokong 2493 is the local FRC team that Vocademy sponsors. They are a community team that practices at La Sierra High School in Riverside, CA. Most of the team members are students from La Sierra High School and a few of them are homeschooled. The coaches are Richard and Dona Sisk, of Riverside, CA. The team is nonprofit. Coaches and mentors are all volunteers. Vocademy has proudly been a sponsor of Robokong for years.
What do they do?
All FRC teams are given a challenge on the first Saturday of January. This is a global competition, so teams all over the World gather around their computers to find out the rules of the game each year.
Each team has 6 weeks to develop a game strategy, design their robot, and build their robot from scratch. This year they designed their robot using CAD, programmed it, build it by cutting out the metal, using the mill, tapping holes, laser cutting wood, 3D printing plastic parts, ran the electrical, geared the articulating arm, and enabled cameras on the robot. This year includes a period where the robot drivers must be blinded by a dark cloth in their field of view for 15 seconds. The whole game is played on a game field the size of a basketball court. They are randomly matched with opposing teams to form alliances of 3 robots against another alliance of 3 robots, game after game, until only the best are left. There is a World Championship held in the Spring.