1540: The Flaming Chickens Secure Place in Competition

By Dana Ellis '15

Team 1540: The Flaming Chickens Celebrates after winning the chairman’s award (Photo: Team 1540 Flaming Chickens)

Team 1540: The Flaming Chickens Celebrates after winning the chairman’s award (Photo: Team 1540 Flaming Chickens)

Last weekend Catlin Gabel’s very own robotics team, 1540 the Flaming Chickens, competed at the Pacific Northwest OSU District Event. The team was able to easily secure a spot in the next competition, the Pacific Northwest District Championships.

The PNW District is made up of 153 teams across Oregon and Washington. One of the teams co-captains, Rushdi, explained that “In order to go to district champs we must place among the top 64 teams in our district, we are currently ranked 41 in our district.”

The game this year is called Areal Assist (the game animation explaining it is here. “It is a game in which alliances of three robots must control a two foot diameter exercise ball, passing it to their allies to earn points and shooting it into a goal.” During the competition the team won an astonishing amount of matches winning 11 out of 14. The team qualified for the PNW district championship by winning the chairman’s award.

According to FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the Chairman’s Award “honors the team that, in the judges’ estimation, best represents a model for other teams to emulate, and which embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST.” The team is hopeful that if there performance at district championships is anything like the last one the team will qualify for world championships in St. Louis, Miss.