St. Francis Robotics Club to Compete in “Recycle Rush” Challenge in Davis

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis Robotics Club, aka “The Fembots”, will compete in the Sacramento Regional FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at the UC Davis ARC Pavilion in Davis, Calif.

The Sacramento Regional robotics event has 55 teams from across northern California scheduled to compete. Teams will load in the facility on Wednesday with scheduled build sessions set for Thursday. The competition starts at 8:30 a.m. each day and runs until 4:30 p.m. Each winning alliance has three teams. 

The theme for the competition this year is “Recycling Rush” and each team’s robot will be challenged with stacking up to six recycling totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, while prospering disposing of pool noodles, representing litter.

Additional information on the game can be found at www.usfirst.org. 

The Fembots have been competing as a regional team since 2001. They are one of only 35 all-female teams in the international organization. The St. Francis entry was a finalist in the Sacramento Regional last season, finishing second overall.

St. Francis is led by senior captains Katrina Morin (Citrus Heights) and Zaire Johnson. Overall, the team is comprised of 22 students, who have been working on the project since the Kick-off date of Jan. 3 until Feb. 17.

The varsity Sport for the MindTM, FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of 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.