Wapato High School Robotics and Engineering Club

Robo Sparks

FIRST Robotics Competition - FRC




RoboSparks, Team 2926, has worked hard in preparing the games that are presented to us by FRC. This year, after taking a year off from the FRC competition, we found the 2016 game to be very intriguing. As you can see by the title STONGHOLD was an extrordianry game. In FIRST STRONGHOLDSM,, two Alliances of three robots each are on a Quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the Quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it.

This game was very interesting in the sense that we had some of our highest highs and lowest lows. We went to two competitions. The first was in Spokane, WA at West Valley High School while the second was in Ellensburg, WA at Central Washington University (CWU). As stated before our lowest of the ows occured in Spokane while our highest of the highs occurred in Ellensurg.

To learn more about our advententures with the game STRONGHOLD click on the 2016 - Stronghold link and learn about what Robosparks was able to accomplish and how we performed during both evenets.


NASA HUNCH - Apples in Space - 2016

This past year we needed some luck. With the seniors from last year gone the burden of leadership landed on the Juniors, now seniors. The issue that became hard to overcome was the fact that NASA pulled funding from the MicroGravity Plane. That meant that the new seniors would not be able to fly in the seemingly weightless evironment. The new sentiors were still interested in continuing with the Apples in Space experiemnetation. We did however have a little trouble replacing the old seniors.We were however, able to conduct a series of experiments on apples to see how long the last with just apple gas. When we completed the experiements we were able to send a small contingent to Houston to discuss the findings of our experiment. During our summer camp we were able to gather more members of the team as we were able to excite a few middle school students who were here as well as a couple of high schoolers who decided to participate. It is looking good when we begin the experiments for this year. Plus there is a good chance of ur "experiement" may end up on the International Space Station.