The Arthur G. Russell Company Sponsored Robotics Team Wins NE District Competition
BRISTOL, Conn. – March 21, 2016 – The Arthur G. Russell Company, Inc. (AGR), a leading provider of automatic assembly solutions, is proud to announce that the company sponsored robotics team, Operation P.E.A.C.C.E. Robotics (3461), won the New England District UMASS-Dartmouth Event 2016 on March 20th. AGR provided funds, materials and mentors who assisted in the design and build of a robot for the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition – FIRST StrongholdSM.
The FIRST StrongholdSM challenge takes on a medieval theme involving obstacles such as moats, ramparts, and towers. With an alliance of two other local area teams from Berlin and Southington, Operation P.E.A.C.C.E. Robotics was able to advance to the final round, storm the castle and score enough points to win the competition. 32 teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont competed at this event.
Operation P.E.A.C.C.E. Robotics team is comprised of high school students from Bristol and the surrounding communities. Each team received a kit of various automation components along with limited instructions at the competition kick-off in January. Working with AGR mentors, students had six weeks to design, build, and program their robot to meet this year’s challenge.
“These events are a great way for students, who would like to pursue an engineering career, solve complex problems in a fun way” says Eric Corriveau, Mechanical Engineer and AGR’s team liaison.
2022 Season Recap:
We won the entrepreneurship award at the Waterbury District competition, and competed fairly well in qualifications as we worked the bugs out of our robot.
Our performance in both the Waterbury and Central Mass events qualified us to compete in the New England District championship.
There, we finished ranked 4th overall out of 39 teams in our division, narrowly losing in the quarterfinals tie-breaker match by 6 points.
This then last-minute qualified us to compete at the World Championship in Houston, Texas where we finished with a record of 8-2, ranked 5th in our division out of 76 of some of the best teams in the world!
(world champs has 6 equally sized divisions overall that are randomly assigned, the final winners of each division play each other for the title of world champion)
Also, within our division we won the Quality Award. This award is for “machine robustness in concept and fabrication”, meaning our robot was engineered and fabricated incredibly well, and contributed to our success out on the field.
The judges were incredibly impressed by our robot’s ability to fall off the 8 ft high pipe upside down on its head multiple times with only minor damage and a few strategically placed rivets that sheared off. Again, out of 76 other teams with some of the best built robots in the world.