The Sharon City School District hosted their second annual robotics competition on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in the gymnasium of Case Avenue Elementary School. The tournament was part of the FIRST LEGO League program that stands “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”
Sharon welcomed teams from across the Pittsburgh/Erie region, including its very own Tiger Tech Robotics teams. In all, 12 teams participated in the competitive tournament that had awards for first through third place teams. The theme for the 2018-2019 season, “Into Orbit”, allows teams to design, build, and program their EV3 Mindstorm robots to run autonomously during three rounds of competition. Teams have a goal to complete up to 16 missions on a thematic playing field during a two-and-a-half-minute match. The mission models, all built out of LEGO’s, relate to space. Missions include delivering payloads, rescuing an astronaut on the field, and launching a space vehicle. The top teams are those that score the most points during three rounds of competition. At Sharon’s tournament, the West Hill Tiger Techs placed first in their division, and the Sharon Tiger Techs placed first and second in their division.
In addition to the competition, the NASA Glenn Research Center from Cleveland, Ohio had displays on several space exhibits including a space suit, model rockets, space history banners, and several interactive exhibits, including lunar robotics and a vacuum chamber.
Following the tournament, participating teams traveled to Philadelphia Candies in Hermitage to tour their chocolate factory. While at the candy store, teams took a guided tour and learned the production process of making chocolate. The partnership with Philadelphia Candies was a vital component to attract Pittsburgh/Erie area teams to the area by demonstrating the importance of the Shenango Valley in the business industry.
The Sharon tournament was part of a series of robotics tournaments that lead to a regional robotics tournament in Pittsburgh and Erie. Teams will use the tournament at Sharon to prepare for the Western Pennsylvania Championship at Sewickley Academy in Pittsburgh or the Northwestern Championship at Penn State Behrend in Erie. The top teams at the Pittsburgh and Erie championships are then able to move on to the national/international level.