Robotics takes 26th in Las Vegas competition

Robotics team #1661, the Griffitrons, competed in the Las Vegas regional FIRST Robotics tournament, finishing 26 out of the 42 teams. Taking place from March 25-28, the Las Vegas regionals included national and international teams, including from Beijing, China.

The Griffitrons robot was named “The Griffter” after its four-directional movement capabilities, which are similar to drifting.

Sophomore and junior robotics students can apply for the Deans List award, and two students per team are considered for the award.

Sophomores JJ Mase and Alyssa Furukawa were nominated by the team to be considered for the Deans List award presented by FIRST Robotics. Furukawa earned the award, given for excellence in her field, social media and business.

The Griffitrons raised their point average by 23 points per match from the team’s previous competition in Long Beach, bringing their average from 43 to 66 points.

Competing against award winning teams the High Rollers (team #987), and the Robowranglers (team #148), the Griffitrons had its best year since finishing second at the Las Vegas regionals in 2012.