Falcons to compete in robotics regionals at RPI
ALBANY, N.Y. (March
13, 2018) --
Cheer on members of the Albany High School robotics team this weekend as
their home-made robot rescues video-game characters and their human
operators trapped in an obsolete arcade game.
efforts will be part of the 2018 New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST
Robotics Team competition, scheduled Friday and Saturday at Rensselaer
High’s Team 1493 will be one of 34 Capital Region teams competing this
robotics competitions are held throughout the region, state, country and
world. Each year, teams of high school students are presented with the
challenge of building a robot that can complete a specific task. Every
team has the same task, which changes from year to year.
year’s challenge is to defeat “the boss” and allow the captive video
characters and their operators to escape the retro arcade game. It
alliances of three teams each, with each team controlling a robot and
performing specific tasks on a field to score points.
The alliance with the highest score defeats the boss and wins the game.
Falcon team has spent the past six weeks building, programing and
tinkering with its 2018 creation, which is made primarily of aluminum.
The Falcon robot, named “Mark Cube-N,” weighs a total of 160 pounds.
The Tech Valley Regional Robotics competition
is free and open to the public. It will be held at RPI’s East Campus
Athletic Village, located on Peoples Drive in Troy.
Click here for a schedule of each day’s events.
Albany High robotics team consists of 28 students and advisors Rich
Kissane, Brent Cady, Andre Castagna and Kyle Syck. Kissane is a retired
Albany High teacher; the other three still teach there.
is assisted by RPI mentor Larry Ruff and National Grid mentor Jake
he mission of
the City School District of Albany is
to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every
learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the
knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
about 9,600 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In
addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet
schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities
for students, including four themed academies
at Albany High School.