OSD FIRST Robotics Team Wins Berth to World Championships

The Olympia Robotics Federation, OSD’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, made a big impression at the Seattle FRC Regional this past weekend, winning the coveted All-Star Rookie Award and earning a berth at the FRC World Championships in St. Louis on April 24 to 27.  Team 4450’s entry in this regional qualifier was the culmination of an intense rookie FRC season for the cross-district team which combines students from Capital and Olympia high schools in a bid to master this year’s challenge, Ultimate Ascent.

The FRC Seattle Regional was held at the CenturyLink Event Center and hosted 64 teams.  After an intense three day competition and several rounds of judging, ORF took home the award for the rookie team which best demonstrated all aspects of the FIRST competition and STEM promotion.  These videos show ORF’s second-to-last and last matches in Seattle.

The FRC World Championships will be held in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis Missouri.  ORF needs to raise funds to cover the event registration, robot shipping, and team transportation/lodging expenses in a very short time.

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The Olympia Robotics Federation (ORF, Team #4450) is a FRC rookie team, combining the efforts of high school students across OSD.  While based at Capital High School, the modular design approach adopted by ORF allowed the major scoring component (a Frisbee launcher) to be largely designed and developed at Olympia HS.

This video shows the team’s final test run just prior to the bag&tag deadline yesterday, while this video shows a test of the Frisbee launcher from earlier in the Mid-Winter Break weekend.