East Lake High School FIRST® Team KRUNCH 79 Robot Frisbee Frenzy Debut
After a six-week build season, the members of East Lake High School FIRST® Robotics Team KRUNCH 79 introduced their robot, KRUNCH 16, during Media Night on Monday, February 18th in the high school gymnasium. “Media Night,” said team President and senior student Richie Vitraelli, “is the first time the community gets a taste of what we will accomplish this season by demonstrating our robot playing this year’s game.”
That game, ‘Ultimate Ascent,’ is this year’s competition challenge, a game that combines the skills of ultimate Frisbee and disc golf. In order to be eligible to participate in the competitions, robots must meet stringent requirements including height, weight, materials, and other variables set forth by FIRST®. According to Vitraelli, “The challenge was to build a robot capable of launching a Frisbee upwards of 20-30 feet across the field into one of three goals. The higher the goal, the more points the team will score. The robot also has to ascend a pyramid to reach a maximum height of ten feet, climbing three feet at a time.”
FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of students or more are challenged to build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.
Celebrating their 16th season in FIRST®, Members Team KRUNCH 79 are students who are currently enrolled in the Academy of Engineering at East Lake High School. Their first regional competition will take place in Orlando at the University of Central Florida in early March. For more information about Team KRUNCH 79, please visit their website, www.teamkrunch.com.