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Sat, Dec. 07

Kingman robotics team places third in national competition

Kingman High School's Robotics team has returned from the U.S.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics National Competition in Orlando, Fla., with a third-place finish for the second straight year.

But not all club members were happy, according to team sponsor Kerry Schanaman.

"Many of the kids felt it was an inadequate finish," he said.

"We had the best robot there.

But third place in the nation isn't too bad."

Competition took place on a small version of a football field measuring 24 by 48 feet that was divided into five zones.

Three octagon-shaped containers, each weighing 181 pounds, were placed in the middle zone.

During the finals, one member of a three-team alliance had to pick up two goals and move them into designated zones.

There also were 60 soccer balls that could be placed inside the goals to earn one point each.

Competition continued for two minutes with teams earning an extra 10 points if their robots were inside their home zones when time expired.

A total of 290 high schools in four divisions were represented at the national event at EPCOT Center.

There were 72 schools, including Kingman, in the Curie division.

Schanaman said there were 126 matches during the seeding round with each school playing seven matches.

Kingman won four of seven times, averaging 71.67 points to finish as the 26th seed in Curie division.

GRC of Cincinnati led Curie division with an average of 99.17 points during qualifying and got to pick two alliance partners for the finals.

The partners chosen were Kingman's Bionic Bulldogs and the Gila Monsters of Mesa, Ariz.

The Gila Monsters team was an alliance partner for KHS during a regional event in Los Angeles earlier this year.

The GRC-led Curie division team lost twice in the finals to Team Beatty out of Holland, Mich.

Beatty, winner of the Newton division, is the team that won the national event last year and repeated this year with alliance partners from Ypsilanti, Mich.

and Hartford, Conn.

"In the first match, the arm broke on our robot and Team Beatty was able to push us back," Schanaman said.

"In the second match, the Gila Monsters just had to get into the end zone when their robot lost power.

We had one ball in the goal and Team Beatty had two and they won by one point."

Student drivers for the Bionic Bulldogs were Dillon Jenkins, Nick Bacoka and Tenae Gage.

"We fell short of our goal, but there's always next year," Schanaman said.

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