4-H Palindrome Robotics wins 26-hour competition in West Virginia

August 7, 2014 in mainfeature

4-H Palindrome members join alliance members as overall winners of the First Robotics Competition in West Virginia

4-H Palindrome members join alliance members as overall winners of the First Robotics Competition in West Virginia

University of Delaware’s Cooperative Extension 4-H Palindrome Robotics team emerged victorious in the first ever 26-hour, 14-minute First Robotics Competition (FRC) event that ran from Friday, August 1 to Saturday, August 2 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The event was put together by Mountaineer Area Robotics (MARS) and it was the first for the state—as well as the first event to go 26 hours.

Aibohphobia, 4-H Palindrome's award winning robot

Aibohphobia, 4-H Palindrome’s award-winning robot

The FRC Competition found Palindrome using their robot, Aibohphobia — meaning the fear of palindrome—to once again play in the aerial assist game.

The team ranked third out of 24 teams and found themselves as the second-seeded Alliance Captain, meaning they were able to pick two other teams to their alliance. They chose to team up with the Inverse Paradox team from Mississauga, Ontario, and the McDonogh Eagles from Owings Mills, Maryland.

Together with these teams, the alliance ended up winning the whole event.

Delaware's 4-H Palindrome robotic team poses with Aibohphobia

Delaware’s 4-H Palindrome robotic team poses with Aibohphobia

Santesh Shah, the mentor for the club, explained that in addition to winning, “one of our team members gets a full ride scholarship to West Virginia University. Coming out to about $13,000 a year for tuition.”

To read more about Palindrome Robotics and how they’ve fared in their inaugural year, check out their story on UDaily.