2019 was a great year for the Rebels FIRST Robotics Team 2702. They competed in several competitions throughout the year, received multiple awards along the way, and ended the season making it to the FIRST Robotics World Championship Semi-finals.
High-school students team up with the world’s best technology companies to build impressive robots. Built from scratch in only 6 weeks, these 5 foot tall, 140 pound robots compete in high intensity robo-sports. Below is a video of a quarterfinal match that the Rebels participated in at the FIRST Robotics Competition:
Students get to:
- Learn from professional engineers
- Build and compete with a robot of their own design
- Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware
- Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
- Earn a place in the World Championship
- Qualify for over $81 million USD in college scholarships
Participating in multiple competitions throughout the year the Rebels were able to accomplish a strong year as top competitors. The competition at the University of Waterloo is one of the most competitive fields in the world where the Rebels placed 17th of 40 and earned the “Creativity Award Sponsored by Xerox” for their super-fast 3D Printed Gripper.
At the Western University event they placed 12th of 40 and won the “Autonomous Award Sponsored by Ford” for their autonomous vision and lidar system for hands off pick and place of the hatch covers. By placing 8th of 40 at the Ontario Provincial Championship on top of their other accomplishments through the season they qualified to compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championship where they made it to the semifinals placing in the top 3% of teams in the world.
Javelin Sponsored Team
Enabling these young students to learn and grow with access to cutting edge technology is important for the future. Javelin sponsors the team and helps provide them with tools such as printing parts like the gears above using the Desktop Metal Studio System. These students get exposure to technology and skills many don’t learn until post-secondary or even until entering the workforce. Such brilliant young minds are getting ahead of the game from not only building their robot, but getting exposure to teamwork, competitiveness, high-pressure situations, hard work, and much more. We wish the graduating Rebels good luck, and the Rebels an even better 2020 season! Aim high!