Albany High School Team 1493 Participates in 2019 Season Kickoff for FIRST Robotics Competition
“Destination: Deep Space is the theme for this year’s challenge
Albany, New York –The FIRST® Robotics Competition season is now underway, following the kickoff event held earlier this month, on Jan. 5. In the annual competition, teams of high school students must build a robot in response to a specific challenge, and members of Albany High School Team 1493 are geared up for the challenge.
Inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST® designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering.
Kamen launched the 2019 FIRST® Robotics Competition season to announce a new robotics game called DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company before a crowd of 1,200 people, including New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu and U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire, hometown of FIRST Headquarters. Nearly 100,000 high-school students on 3,790 teams at 146 venues around the globe joined the 2019 Kickoff via live broadcast.
The 2019 challenge, DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By Boeing, finds teams collecting samples on Planet Primus. Two competing alliances will combat unpredictable terrain and weather patterns, making remote robot operation essential to their mission on the planet. With only two minutes and thirty seconds until liftoff, the alliances must gather as many cargo pods as possible and prepare their spaceships for departure before the next sandstorm arrives.
Working with adult mentors, students will have up to six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge. Once these young inventors build a robot, their teams will participate in one or more of the global 173 Regional and District events that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.
This year, members of Albany High School Robotics Team 1493, will join 35 other teams of high school students from the Capital Region, New York state, New Jersey, Canada, and Brazil to participate in the annual competition. In its sixth year, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will once again host the New York Tech Valley FIRST Regional competition, March 6-9, on the Rensselaer campus in the East Campus Athletic Village.
“I look forward to competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition with Team 1493,” said Senior Piro Gusho. “To fully prepare for this in six weeks is intense. It will require all members of involved in the mechanical, electrical, and supporting groups to work together efficiently and effectively. Participating in robotics is extremely valuable due to the lessons and connections you get from it.”
During the 2019 season, nearly 100,000 high-school students on 3,800 FIRST Robotics Competition teams will compete in 100 District Events, 11 District Championships, and 62 Regional Events (in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Israel, Mexico, and Turkey), and the FIRST Championship. Teams are comprised of professional mentors and 10 or more student members in grades 9-12. In addition, each FIRST team has one or more sponsors.
“I joined robotics because I am interested in learning how to build things and how thing work. Team 1493 has taught me that and so much more,” said Jen Rubi, a ninth grade student and new member of the team. “I am learning how to work efficiently in a team, the importance of following directions, and being part of the team has helped me to be more creative. I am looking forward for this year’s competition because we are working so hard on our competition robot. Hopefully we’ll make it to the finals!”
“We are thrilled to have Albany High School Team 1493 participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition, said Brent Cady, team adviser “The FIRST® Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport of the Mind that combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. The program challenges high school students – working with professional mentors – to design and build a robot to participate in competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students. It’s as close to real-world engineering that our students will get while still in high school.”
Team 1493 sponsors include: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, GH Foundation, Albany City School District, Center for Automation Technologies and Systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York State Office of Science, Technology, & Academic Research (NYSTAR), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, CAP COM, CDPHP, Turner Construction Company, South End Powder Coating, Greenman-Pedersen , Inc., Hesnor Engineering Associates, ASME, Phillips Hardware, Price Chopper, Stewarts Shop, Albany Booster Club, and Harbor-Freight Tools.
For more information about the New York Tech Valley Regional Robotics Competition, visit: http://techvalleyfirst.org/.
About Team 1493
Founded in 2003, Team 1493 had its humble beginnings with seven members and two Albany High School advisors. Today, the after-school program is now home to more than 40 students from diverse backgrounds. The mission then, which continues today, is aligned with the vision of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the world’s leading child-serving nonprofit advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Team 1493 is focused on inspiring students of Albany High School to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Since its’ inception, Team 1493 has worked tirelessly to serve the students of Albany High School, in order to create the people who will change the world – today and tomorrow. For more information, visit: https://www.team1493.com/
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $80 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org.