This page explains about the two competitions students may choose to compete during the year. First Tech Challenge and IT-Olympics.
a. Hyperstream Venue: Robotics
There are multiple IT venues that we participate in.
SUMO involves making a Lego Mindstorms robot that will autonomously battle another robot in a 4 inch ring.
Constraints: must fit in 1ft by 1ft bx, must be under 2 lbs., must be made out of specific kit of Lego parts.
b. Hyperstream Venue: Game DesignRobotics Live Challenges involve using your brain to problem solve on the fly. There will be a sheet saying you need to build a robot to do "this" and you have only 2 hours to build and program it.
Previous challenges have been: monkey on a line, maze, dragster, ball sorter, city navigator, zip line reset button, ball launcher, segway, blue tooth controlled car, and a rube goldberg machine to move a ball.
c. Hyperstream Venue: MultimediaThe object of Game Design is to teach a STEM concept to middle school youth through a video game that the teams design using a programming language called Alice.
Teams also have live challenges that they are given a game template such as fish frenzy, zombies vs plants or dodge-ball and have to make game play strategies.
The object of Multimedia is to expose students to various creative elements such as photo, music, audio, social media, and marketing. Students work on projects in their chosen media field and work on a team to create projects with a specific marketing goal.d. Hyperstream Venue:Cyber Defense
Teams compete to set up a network and defend it against graduate students who try to take down the network. This program is undergoing new steps to make it easier for students to compete.
Corning has been competing in IT-Olympics since it first began in 2007. Check it out on the web: www.it-adventures.org
2. First Tech Challenge (FTC) is a nation-wide competition with state qualifying matches held January-March; with Finals in April. Kick off event is held at the University of Iowa in September where the new year's game is announced.
FTC has a game of some type that the robot has to play. There are four teams on the field at once, two different alliances made of two teams each.
For the 2009-2010 Year the game was called Hot Shot. Robots had to play ball and could score in 4 ways. Opening a ball shoot, scoring in low goal, shooting into high goal, or shooting into off-field goals.
There were two objectives: Autonomous and Driver Controlled.3. VEX Competitions as part of Principles of Engineering Course.Check out FTC on the web: www.usfirst.org.
Autonomous: the robot had to run a program and open ball shoots or score into the goals.
Driver Controlled: the robot had to respond to PS2 controllers and score in the goals.
During the lessons on automation and robotics, the POE course has the opportunity to compete in a VEX robotics game with similar rules and awards as the FTC event but with a different type of robot parts. FTC uses Lego Mindstorms and Tetrix brand parts and VEX uses VEX Robotics parts.
2012-2013 was the first year we participated in VEX Sack Attack having to move bean bags into various designated scoring areas.