S.P.A.M. Robotics Wins Regional Competition
S.P.A.M. Robotics wins south florida first robotics competition regional tournament
Stuart, FL - S.P.A.M. Robotics, the Martin County School District’s high school roboticsteam, entered this year’s South Florida FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Regional Tournament held this weekend with high expectations and are now headed to the international robotics competition in Houston at the end of the month.
After two days of intense competition, S.P.A.M. dominated the tournament. Along with their alliance partners, “Children of the Swamp” from Riviera Beach and “Minotaur” from Tampa, the team won the tournament that was held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
“It is incredible to see first-hand what these students can build in six weeks! We are so proud of their outstanding performance in local and regional competitions and wish them the best of luck in Houston at the international tournament,” commented Laurie J. Gaylord, Martin County School District Superintendent, who attended the event.
Over 2,500 students were contending for the top award with a variety of robot challenges including lifting milk crates onto a scale and climbing a minimum of 12 inches off the ground. As robots completed successful moves, teams earned points to advance to the playoffs.
“It is great to see S.P.A.M. performing so well on the field and winning another Underwriters Laboratories Safety Award really demonstrates our team culture,” says Richard Soviero, S.P.A.M. teacher advisor and father of twin sons on the team. “However, the best aspect has nothing to do with awards. It is the visible maturation you can see as the students gain more experience each year with the team and the comments from S.P.A.M. alumni that come home from college and tell us how much this experience helped them with college classes and internships.”
This year, S.P.A.M. is comprised of 42 students from Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, South Fork High School, Clark Advanced Learning Center and home school. The team depends on donations and is supported by businesses and individuals throughout the community, as well as sponsorships by Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corp., Florida Power and Light, State of Florida, UL and Greg and Anneliece Wyler.
The FIRST Robotics Competition is a program that challenges high school students as they work with professional mentors to design and build a robot to compete in contests that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration and the determination of students.
FIRST was founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to design accessible, K-12 STEM education programs that use robot challenges to build science and technology skills and interests, in a character driven program that also inspires self-confidence, leadership and life skills.
For more information, visit S.P.A.M.’s website at www.spamrobotics.com.