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Finney robotics team a winner

It seems like this forum is severely underutilized. I always like to read about other FIRST teams.

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School's newly formed squad tops 57 others in regional match.

By Enid Arbelo
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(March 24, 2004) — PENFIELD — It was a year of firsts for Charles G. Finney High School.

The private, nondenominational school started its first robotics team and won its first competition.

The Finney Falcons placed first out of 58 teams at the Chesapeake regional FIRST Robotics competition at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Saturday.

With the win, the 17 high school students earned a spot in the national championship in Atlanta. Nationals will run from April 15 to 17 at the Georgia Dome.

John Sarazyn, 18, brought the idea of a robotics team to Finney last fall. The senior from Chili worked with Finney Principal Michael Belmont and helped secure a $6,000 grant from NASA in early December.

Once the team was in place, the students had six weeks to build the robot and strategize for the March competition.

Jason Bircann, 18, a senior from Penfield, said that the team was successful because of the robot’s simple design. Other teams, he said, were at a disadvantage.

”They looked so fancy, but once they got on the playing field they couldn’t do anything,” Jason said.

During the competition, the team’s robot had to complete specific activities against other robots, such as hanging from a pole or navigating onto a platform. At times, the robot worked independently and at other times it was run by remote control.

”I originally did robotics because I thought it would be something fun to do, but now I love it,” said Kristin Donovan, 17, a junior from East Rochester.

Belmont said the school’s goal is to incorporate the robotics program into the curriculum as a way to promote hands-on learning. Students have already asked to participate next year, he said.

”There has been a lot more interest in the program,” said Aaron Roorda, 16, of Chili. “Now they know we’re not a joke.”

The team is led by advisers Jane Schantz and David Wallace, who are also Finney teachers. Schantz said the program will continue into next year, but she hopes the budget will increase from $7,000.

The team hopes to raise $10,000 for travel and registration to attend the competition through sponsors and donations. Donations can be made to Finney Falcons Robotics by calling (585) 387-3770.

EARBELO@DemocratandChronicle.com

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It seems like this forum is severely underutilized. I always like to read about other FIRST teams.

http://www.rochesterdandc.com/news/0...JOB_news.shtml
Nice story.
Should have clarified that Finney was the lead team of an alliance though to sell the idea that FIRST is as much about working with other teams as it is about building a dominating robot. But I'm just nitpicking now. Any time FIRST gets media coverage I am happy.
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Re: Finney robotics team a winner

very nice i saw that the other day, i emailed the same guy saying that sparx and grr won at buckeye too...
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very nice i saw that the other day, i emailed the same guy saying that sparx and grr won at buckeye too...
I guess the D&C got a FIRST stories limit. Not one wrod about it at al. They'll fall over themselves to talk about any sports team having any sucess in the state tournament or whenever a high school kid is doing wrong but not even a mention of this in the Our Towns section.
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I guess the D&C got a FIRST stories limit. Not one wrod about it at al. They'll fall over themselves to talk about any sports team having any sucess in the state tournament or whenever a high school kid is doing wrong but not even a mention of this in the Our Towns section.
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Re: Finney robotics team a winner

That article is incorrect. You beat 55 other teams at the Naval Academy. There was no mention of 16 or us either. Good job anyway.
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Re: Finney robotics team a winner

Man, that was harsh. You're lucky 1405 picked you guys, because hey, they were undefeated. Second seed. So techinically they did beat you and 16. Great job for a rookie team, let alone any team.
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Man, that was harsh. You're lucky 1405 picked you guys, because hey, they were undefeated. Second seed. So techinically they did beat you and 16. Great job for a rookie team, let alone any team.
I think what he means is that the article makes it sound like Finney did it all by themselves. I thought the same thing when I read it. But when you think of competition you certainly do not think of combing with other teams to win the whole thing so I guess it's not surprising that they didn't get that part.
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Great job Finney! We too know what it's like to benefit from unexpected success. Congrats, good luck, and see you at the Championship!

Oh, and for everyone who thinks the article gets it wrong- journalists who know nothing about robotics do that, A LOT. You should see our press coverage this year by the Arizona Republic. In one article, the author gets everything wrong about the competition and implies we shouldn't have won. A lot of the team got really upset about it when they read it. Such is life. ;p

Congrats to team 1405 for getting the recognition you deserve!
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Great job Finney! We too know what it's like to benefit from unexpected success. Congrats, good luck, and see you at the Championship!

Oh, and for everyone who thinks the article gets it wrong- journalists who know nothing about robotics do that, A LOT. You should see our press coverage this year by the Arizona Republic. In one article, the author gets everything wrong about the competition and implies we shouldn't have won. A lot of the team got really upset about it when they read it. Such is life. ;p

Congrats to team 1405 for getting the recognition you deserve!
I guess the PR people on the robotics teams should educate the press on what FIRST is about (gives them something more to do than just design the Chairman's award).
When the first word out of their mouth is "Oh you mean Battlebots." You know we got our work cut out for us.
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Re: Finney robotics team a winner

Haha Koko took the words right out of my mouth!
It's unbelievable how many people in school ask about how and what we use to tear other robots apart Not that it doesn't happen... I've seen a few Battlebot moments to make the elimination rounds exciting.
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Haha Koko took the words right out of my mouth!
It's unbelievable how many people in school ask about how and what we use to tear other robots apart Not that it doesn't happen... I've seen a few Battlebot moments to make the elimination rounds exciting.
The later the matches get the more physical the action gets.
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