Welcome to the 2023 Quasics #openalliance build thread! Team 2656 is from Gateway High School in Monroeville PA, just east of Pittsburgh. We grew a bit for 2023 and have 18 students on our roster. We have 5 coaches.
2023 will be our 16th season of the FIRST Robotics Competition. We are registered to compete at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional in April. With our current level of funding, we are a “one-Regional” team. We do get to a fair amount of off-season events though. In 2022 we competed at WVROX and MVRC. Our team helped plan and volunteered at ‘Steel City Showdown’ in 2017 and 2019. SCS is a Pittsburgh off-season event hosted by Carnegie Mellon University. We are hoping to bring Showdown back to Pittsburgh in August of 2023!
Build space- we have a 10’ x 11’ storage closet inside one of the high school computer labs where we store our robot, parts, and tools. We also have additional shelving space in a 10’ x 10’ adjacent closet. We mainly build in the front half of the classroom, which is roughly 20’ x 10’. The room also has 24 computers, which we use for coding, 3D modeling, writing, and video editing.
Sponsors- Gateway School District provides our build space and transportation. We also started a Varsity Letter program with their support! Google, Bechtel Plant Machinery, Microsoft, Argo AI, Barnes & Noble, Sheetz, the Mukhtar family, the Hofmann family, and the MERS Group round out our sponsors.
Fun fact about Quasics: we are a Girl Scouts Western PA Program Partner! We have held 43 STEM Badge Workshops all around Pittsburgh. Through our events, local Girl Scouts have earned 597 STEM badges to date!
Thank you so much for reading about Team 2656. We’re excited to represent the #openalliance in Pittsburgh with our friends from Team 4467 - Titanium Titans!