This weekend, Sachem's #263 team AFTERSHOCK is again competing at Hofstra University in the 2012 SBPLI Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.
This is open to the public and Hofstra has a great setup that allows the attendees to see the robots well from a number of seating areas that surround the competition field.
Coming off their eighth place finish, out of 66 teams, in the New York City Regional competition at the Javits Center, the Sachem FIRST Robotics Team is looking to improve their Robot nicknamed "Sigma" at the Hofstra event.
Sigma's goal is to shoot and score baskets with a smaller basketball - after acquiring and loading them into its feeder system.
In late April, Sachem's team and robot are heading to St. Louis, Missouri to compete in the FIRST Robotics 2012 Championship event.
The Sachem Robotics Team: "Aftershock" is a combined effort of students and alumni from both East and North campuses of Sachem High School. Each year the Robotics Team builds a new 120-pound robot to compete in the FIRST robotics competitions against other team from all across the country.
Their competitions take place regionally on Long Island, New York City, Connecticut and nationally in Atlanta, Georgia. Students work together and with teachers and engineers from several companies across the area to build a robot from the ground up.
Students of all skill levels, from basic construction, advertising, secretarial and organization, web page design, to computer programming are needed. Students use software such as AutoCAD, 3d-studio max and stamp basic.