The Varsity Robotics team from Berchmans Academy of the Sacred Heart competed in the FIRST Robotic League State Competition in Baton Rouge, December 13. The team placed 5th overall and won the Best Design Award. The team will now move on to the regional competition. The team consists of Austin Wilder, Alton Stoute, Blaise Broussard, Jacob Moreau, Max Broussard, Grand Melancon, Andrew Smith, and Shallon Breaux (not pictured. The teachers who have coached the team are Ms. Katherine Meredith and Ms Dani Frederick.
FIRST(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.The varsity Sport for the MindTM, FIRST Robotics Competition 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.