Bot Bri­gade looks to ex­cel in ro­bot­ics con­tests

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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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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