Penfield FIRST Robotics Hosted Rochester Rally
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The 9th Rochester Rally was held Sunday at Penfield High School.
Penfield's FIRST robotics team hosted the rally for local teams to have the opportunity to test their robot and their strategy. It was the first time this season teams could test their robot against others.
The rally was a pre-competition scrimmage for this year's FIRST competition at RIT. They played a game during the event called Ultimate Ascent. Robots had to throw frisbees and climb a pyramid. Last year the game was basketball. Each year, teams need to build a new robot and play an entirely different game.
Speakers came out from Harris Corporation and other local entrepreneurs. Rochester Rally gave students the chance to practice math, physics and engineering in a fun way.
"They took six weeks to build these robots," said Penfield Robotics Team Leader Larry Lewis. "During those six weeks I know personally our team did at least one all nighter and I'm guessing a lot of other teams did."
They mean business, but that didn't stop teams from becoming friends or from getting help perfecting their robots.