During the Pittsburgh Regional FIRST Robotics competition, Canfield's team, the Circuit Birds, went in as underdogs. As the announcer for the Pittsburgh Regionals would say, "the Canfield Circuit Birds Team 4601 may be rookies, but they sure are not showing it. We are still amazed at what the team accomplished, winning the top two rookie awards."
The team won the the Highest Seeded Rookie (highest scoring) and the Rookie All Star awards to give them the invitation to take part in the national competition in April in St. Louis.
The Circuit Birds set high goals for themselves, and their dream was to do their best at their only regional competition. The first award for the highest scoring rookie team means the team's robot outscored the other rookie teams and placed them in 14th out of all 45 competing teams.
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The Canfield High School Circuit Birds Team 4601 were distinguised rookies at the recent Pittsburgh Regional FIRST Robotics competition. The team includes, in front, kneeling: Chris Halley, Alex Tareshawty, Ben Wilson, Nick Crescimanno, and Paul Ugolini; and standing: Kyle Thompson, teacher Don Crum, mentor Dominic Messuri, Bobby Hudock, Alex Nischwitz, Mike Ramunno, Michael Messuri, Sam Rantilla, George Hoeferlin, Dan Brown, Allicia Taylor, and Marie Messuri.
Team 4601 was also ranked second in autonomous, where the robot would score on its own programming, each time making the high goal.
The team was also ranked fourth on overall shooting of the disks. This was done through the communications system where the drive team controlled the robot and included human disk throwing. It was said this award was about the robot - student designed, student built, and student driven.
The Rookie All Star Award is the highest award given to a rookie team - an honor for the whole team. All of the judges said they were impressed by the Circuit Birds, building a clean designed robot, keeping a safe and clean pit area, admiring the team's name and logo design on their shirts and banner, to being impressed with their involvement with the community. Team 4601 did not act like a rookie team, they believed in their robot and in themselves, which gave everyone the confidence they needed to do the best they could.
Not only did the team impress the judges, but they also impressed the other teams. The Circuit Birds were awarded two Rookie Awards from other teams. This also helped to build an alliance with other teams when being picked for the finals. Only 24 teams make the finals, and the Circuit Birds were the sixth pick, and were the only rookie team to make the finals.
Team 4601 is in t the process of trying to raise enough funds to make it to the nationals in St. Louis, April 24 through 27. Anyone interested in supporting the team can call 330-533-7002.