Bot Brigade looks to excel in robotics contests
Bot Brigade Quartic, also known as Team 11534, is an FIRST Tech Challenge high school robotics team based out of California. The team is comprised of 13 members, some of whom are homeschooled, some of whom attend public or private schools in the area.
This team is responsible for designing, building and programming robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams at the regional level, with opportunities to advance to the FTC state and world championships.
The team learns valuable technical skills including mechanical design, programming Android phones in Java using Android Studio, solid modeling, 3D printing, wiring and soldering, in addition to developing skills in leadership, team-building and public presentations.
For the team to reach their goal of qualifying for the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship, they first will need to perform well enough at regional tournaments to reach a state championship tournament, where they will compete with other teams to qualify for the World championship.
This year Bot Brigade Quartic has already competed in a regional tournament in Orange, Va. They are planning to attend several more tourna- ments, including a Maryland regional tournament at The King’s Christian Academy in Callaway on Dec. 8.
For more information about the team, contact coach Dan Ensminger at [email protected] gmail.com or visit the team’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BotBrigadeQuartic.
The Bot Brigade Quartic robotics team, in green shirts, presents at the most recent tournament in Orange, Va., on Nov. 17, including Ezra Huckabee, standing, left, Micah Lawlin, Alexander Miller, Josiah Huckabee, Archie McEwan, Katherine Rioux, Daniel Cavallaro, Nathaniel Cavallaro, Peter Schumacher, Jake Gemmel, Joseph Ensminger and Zachary Walden.