Another Year of Robots

As the new year begins, we welcome yet another year of excitement in every sense of the word. We'll be working late into the night, dedicating our time, and working hard in school for the new season. We have just begun, and there’s a bright future ahead of us. Many days and nights will soon be filled with fun and adventure.

This year we will be going on two trips. The beginning of competition season has us traveling 10 hours by bus to Cleveland, Ohio. Here we will take part in the Buckeye Regional Competition! Our robot is going to take action and fight for the top. Later in the month, our team will compete close to home for the SBPLI Long Island Regional Competition at Hofstra University. We welcome everyone who’d like to spectate and see our robot win big!

On January 9th, we went to Kickoff at Stony Brook University, and as soon as we got back on the 11th, we were off to the races. Our robot is being built for the game, “Stronghold”, a point action game involving two teams fighting for the win. Each team infiltrates their opponent’s side by conquering audience chosen barricades. This year, points can be acquired by shooting “boulders”into the tower, pushing them into lower passages, or scaling our opponent’s tower during the final seconds.

Freshman Joey Cichanowicz said, “It looks like this will be the most exciting game yet.” Meanwhile Charlie Poliwoda noted,“I am very happy that FIRST is bringing back the good ol’ bumpers. I think that’ll provide a more entertaining game and a stronger sense of competition this year.”

Team 870 is definitely ready.