YNN and our parent company Time Warner Cable are working to “Connect a Million Minds.”
This nationwide effort focuses students on science, technology, engineering and math.
Rochester hosted its annual off-season FIRST Robotics competition Saturday.
More than 30 high school from across New York State came together to compete with robots they built in school. This year's Rah Cha Cha Ruckus added a new twist to robotics competition.
The Main Street Armory played host to the ninth annual Rah Cha Cha Ruckus. It's the first opportunity this school year for teams to match their robots against one another. This is serious competition, complete a pre-game light show to set the tone.
The theme of these competitions centers around a traditional sport. These robots were designed and built to send frisbee's into goals and climb tiered pyramid structures.
"It's a difficult thing to do for teams, have three different scoring levels, three different opportunities then the whole pyramid thing is a huge twist," said James Buduson, Churchville-Chili Robotics Team. "So what we went for is shooting three frisbees in the entire time period the climb to the top of the pyramid."
A record 38 teams competed in this year's competition, including eight from Canada and and two world champions.
Bringing that caliber of competition here to the Rah Cha Cha Ruckus inspires other teams in the field to up their game.
"That's the whole purpose of FIRST, we want to try to raise the bar. So the better the other teams are, the better and the harder we push ourselves to make to make the teams better," said Larry Lewis, Event Chairman.
Teams spent six weeks getting their robots ready for this competition. There are rules and guidelines they have to follow in the designing the bot. Each team can then modify their robot to their own liking.
"When you put your robot on the field for the first time, it doesn't have to do anything it can just move, it's the greatest feeling in the world. It's like everything that you've been working for for the last few weeks have just paid off so much," said Maura Sutherland, Wilson Magnet Robotics Team.
The idea behind robotics competition is to get high school students excited about science, technology, engineering and math.