Burnsville High School’s Robotics team, Team 3184, was one of three winning teams on the first-place alliance at the 10K Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Minnesota on April 1-4. Team 3184 also received three team awards.
“During competition, the team was given extremely difficult challenges and quickly learned how to overcome them,” said mentor Darcy Schatz. “All of the team members demonstrated incredible determination, grace and calm under pressure. Even when their robot – Orion, who took six weeks to design, build, rebuild, program and reprogram – was not working as hoped at times, our team still made time to assist other teams.” Because of this, the team received three awards.
The team won the Gracious Professionalism Award, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. This award celebrates the team that exemplifies the core values of FIRST in their relationships with other teams.
They also received the Imagery Award, given in honor of FIRST founder Dean Kamen’s father, Jack, for his dedication to art and illustration and his devotion to FIRST. This award celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance.
Lastly, Team 3184 was presented with the BeFIRST award, which is a peer award given to a team that best exemplifies the ideals of FIRST. The team was honored to receive this traveling trophy and will pass it on next year.
In its fifth year at BHS, Team 3184 consists of 18 students, including Brandon Kass, Nick Schatz, Evan Fuller, Jack Dominick, Vincent Dam, Spencer Robinson, Chris Tyler, Ryan Codner, Adam DeCurtins, Dustin Rahier, Jenna Foertsch, Katie Kleinow, Julie Herzog, Merissa McDowell, Matt Schoer, Logan Heinrich, Brian Lu and Alex Pham.
The team’s mentors are Sean Lenhard, Leo and Marilee Kaas, Nathan Rood, Scott McDowell, Bill Coughlin, Mark and Sherri Fuller, Craig Huber and Darcy Schatz.
Team 3184 had previously received a lottery entry to the World Championships on April 23-25 in St. Louis, Mo. The regional victory now gives the team an earned entry to the championships, where more than 17,000 students from across the world and their robots will converge.