Jesuit’s nationally-prominent robotics program sealed its bid to the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Championships with a commanding victory at the Dallas FRC Regional, which included nearly 50 schools from multiple states as well as teams from China, Brazil, and Mexico.
Jesuit’s team, known as The All Sparks, finished the qualification matches with a tournament-best record of 10-1, before sweeping an Elite 8 elimination bracket with their alliance partners, The Robowranglers (Greenville High School) and the Robobusters (Dallas, Texas). On the team leaderboard, The All Sparks finished first followed by The RoboChargers (Emmett J. Conrad High School). Groups from Rockwall High School, Allen High School, South Logan, Arkansas, and San Jose dos Campos, Brazil, were among other teams finishing in the top 10.
“The boys have done an excellent job this year acting as a team to accomplish their goals,” noted faculty mentor Michael Couvillon. “I am very proud of all that they have done to earn a spot at the Championships in St. Louis.”
In addition to finishing as the top team at the tournament, The All Sparks collected additional hardware by winning the Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation. It was the second time since 2012 that the All Sparks secured that specific honor, while the 2009 FIRST Rookie All-Star Award winners have won all of the technical awards offered in FRC, including the Quality Award, Creativity Award, Industrial Design Award, and Engineering Excellence.
The FRC Championships serves as the premier high school robotics competition across the globe. In 2014, in front of 20,000 spectators and against more than 12,000 students, Jesuit Dallas was part of the winning alliance that captured the coveted world championship.
This year’s championship will be hosted at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis from April 27-30 and will feature over 40,000 attendees and 900 teams from 39 countries.