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HHMS Torbotics Team 2080 is heading to World Championship

HHMS Torbotics Team 2080 is heading to World Championship
Posted: Mar 27, 2018
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HAMMOND---HHMS Torbotics Team 2080 is Headed to Worlds!

March 22 – 24th 57 FIRST Robotics Challenge teams representing eight states and Mexico descended on the Ponchatrain Convention Center in Kenner for three days of intense competition in the 2018 FRC Bayou Regional.

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is often referred to as the ultimate Sport for the Mind. The students who are a part of Hammond High’s FRC Torbotics Team 2080 call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”

Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship. The positive impact on FIRST Robotics Competition participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 88% have more interest in doing well in school and 92% are more interested in attending college. Through participation in FRC, students get to learn from professional engineers, master STEM skills, learn and use sophisticated software, hardware, and power tools. They strive to improve teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills. They compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments, understand and practice gracious professionalism and have the chance to qualify for millions of dollars in college scholarships.

The Bayou Regional Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST. It honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The Chairman’s Award is presented to the team judged to have the most significant, measurable impact of its partnerships among its participants and community over a sustained period, not just a single build season. The winner is able to demonstrate progress towards FIRST’s mission of transforming our culture. They must present a strong business plan, construct and adhere to a risk analysis matrix, provide documentation of how they have made a measurable lasting impression on others throughout their community and plans to inspire opportunities for others…all while also building a 120-pound robot based on sound engineering principles.

Here’s what the judges had to say about Torbotics. “Built on a foundation of FIRST, Torbotics consistently sustains a high level of success. When they recognized a pressing need to improve STEM education in their region, they developed partnerships with educators, civic organizations, youth groups, and government officials. The programs they have created and continue to support have been executed over time and had achieved demonstrated results. Thus, the team has become a catalyst for STEM innovation in their region. Over the past decade, their accomplishments have impacted over 200,000 people in their community and beyond.

Through various outreach programs, including mentoring at all levels of FIRST, the forming of the Tangi STEM Coalition and development of a full 4-year high school engineering curriculum, they have expanded awareness and created opportunities for youth to see themselves as successful STEM innovators.

On any given Saturday, you can find this team putting STEM FIRST throughout their community and beyond. Congratulations, Team 2080 Torbotics from Hammond, Louisiana.” Torbotics was also named as a finalist for the UL Hard Hat safety award and won the UL Pit Safety Award on Thursday.

Torbotics will now prepare to attend the 2018 FIRST World Championship in Houston, April 18-21 where they will compete with other Champion’s Winners to earn the coveted honor of being named the FIRST World Championship Chairman’s Award winner. While continuing to work on their robot and furthering their business directives, the team has to now raise approximately $20,000 to cover the cost of registration, shipping their robot, lodging and other expenses.

Torbotics would like to extend their sincere appreciation to their mentors, “Coach” Danny Thomasson (HHMS), Jean-Marie Williams (OMS), John de St. Germain (Intralox), Tim Hicks (Intralox), Ben Williams (ATC Specialist), and Donnie Carter. We would also like to extend thanks to our very gracious sponsors: Lockheed Martin, Intralox, HRocker Electric, SPAWAR, Intuitive Surgical, Shell-Laurie Guidroz, Dan Wrinkles Plumbing, Rasing Canes, First Guaranty Bank, Explore & Learn Early Learning Center, HYPE Robotics, Due West Robotics, PAM Specialty Hospital of Hammond, Big Bad Ben Car Wash, and Noland Stewart Salon.
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