St. Francis High School Team Brobot and Robot "Sista" Ready for Robotics Competition.

Published : Wednesday, March 14, 2012 | 2:21 AM

L-R: Nicholas Schwaigerlehner, Liam Molina, Christopher Nofal, Carlos Palomino, Matthew Quintanilla, Russell Sobota, Richard Herrera, Benny Sibal (Coach)

The St. Francis High School Robotics Team, also known as “Team BROBOT,” demonstrated its robot’s full capabilities to an awestruck student body at a sports rally this past Friday. The team affectionately named this year’s robot “SISTA” after the school’s beloved librarian, Sister Barbarine Houdek, because she ardently supports the program and generously provides space to build and store the robot. During the demonstration, SISTA successfully completed a number of basketball free throw attempts and proved to the entire student body, in the midst of a standing ovation, that Team BROBOT is ready to compete in this week’s Los Angeles Regional 2012 Season First Robotics Competition, also known as “Rebound Rumble.”

The competition will be held at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California, Thursday through Saturday, March 15th – 17th, 2012 (doors open at 8:00 AM). The competition is an intense three-day competitive event showcasing robots developed and operated by dozens of high school teams from all over the world.

St. Francis robot "Sista"

The “First Robotics Competition” is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals and young people together to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing, career-molding experience and a lot of fun. Each year the competition reaches more than 43,000 students on over 1,500 teams in competitions held across the USA and in other parts of the world. The teams come from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the U.K., and every state in the U.S. The competitions are high-tech spectator sporting events, the result of lots of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, project timelines, and deadlines. In addition, the competition shows students that the technological fields hold many opportunities and that the basic concepts of science, math, engineering, and invention are exciting and interesting.

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