A local high school robotics team, known as GalacTech (Team 4926), recently competed in two offseason tournaments, the Boiler Bot Battle and IndyRAGE. These tournaments provided valuable opportunities for the students to showcase their skills and learn from different roles within the team. GalacTech ranked ninth at the Boiler Bot Battle and captained a sixth-seed alliance in the event playoffs. Although they did not win, the team’s founder, Sam Geckler, described it as their “greatest alliance selection.”
IndyRAGE, a tournament focused on promoting women in STEM, saw GalacTech as part of the eighth-seed alliance in the playoffs. While they did not win at this event either, Geckler expressed his satisfaction with the students’ performance.
The tournaments featured the 2023 FRC challenge, “Charged Up,” which involved moving cubes and cones into grids to score points and “charge up their community.” GalacTech’s robot, although not their best, managed to perform well thanks to the students’ hard work and dedication.
Looking ahead to the next season, GalacTech is preparing for the reveal of the new FRC game in January. The team will be conducting training sessions, building new practice chassis, and organizing outreach events. They are also excited to host a competition at Columbus East High School in March.
Team 4926 is part of Columbus Robotics, a program that encourages high school students in grades 9-12 to join their STEM-focused teams. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) allows students to work with professional mentors to solve engineering design problems and compete in acclaimed events. Anyone interested in joining one of Columbus Robotics’ teams can find more information on their Facebook page or website.
Q: What tournaments did GalacTech compete in?
A: GalacTech competed in the Boiler Bot Battle and IndyRAGE tournaments.
Q: What was the theme of the 2023 FRC challenge?
A: The theme of the 2023 FRC challenge was “Charged Up.”
Q: How did GalacTech perform in the tournaments?
A: GalacTech ranked ninth at the Boiler Bot Battle and was part of the eighth-seed alliance at IndyRAGE.
Q: What is Columbus Robotics?
A: Columbus Robotics is a program that encourages high school students to participate in STEM-focused teams.