Left to right: Conner Larke, Benjamin Skanes, formerRobotics instructor James Brookins, Nick Rainbolt and Jeffrey Goodman.
The Vernonia Loggerbots advanced all the way to the finals at the Oregon FIRST Robotics District competition March 26-28, and ended up second place overall.
The Loggerbots competed against thirty-two teams overall, including teams from Portland, Seattle, Eugene, Corvallis, Ashland, Vancouver, Grants Pass, and Klamath Falls. Also at the competition was the team from Blachly, OR where former Vernonia instructor James Brookins is now Superintendent. Brookins was instrumental in originally forming the Vernonia Robotics program.
At the end of the opening rounds of competition the Loggerbots were ranked 20th but were selected by one of the top six teams to be part of an alliance that advanced and won in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
The Vernonia Loggerbots completed their 2014 season on April 10-12 at the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland
The team was in 19th place out of sixty-three teams at the end of regular competition with a 7-5 record. Unfortunately the Loggerbots were not one of the additional sixteen teams chosen by the top eight finishers to be part of an alliance and continue on into the elimination rounds. The Loggerbots finished the weekend in 38th place.
The Loggerbots had previously competed in two District Competitions. At the Oregon City District Event the Loggerbots finished sixteenth out of thirty-five teams. At the Oregon State University event the Loggerbots finished fifteenth out of thirty teams.
The Loggerbots compete against teams from all size schools in the Pacific Northwest Region. At the end of the season, with points combined from all three events the Loggerbots participated in, the team was ranked 47th overall out of 153 teams.
This is the third year the Loggerbots have competed in the FIRST Robotics competition. The team is made up of Vernonia High School and Middle School students under the direction of Eric Urban. A team of community members and parents act as mentors for the team, helping the students learn about fabrication, mechanics, computer programing and other skills.
Loggerbots Kaitlyn Eyrrick and Megan Ely
The Vernonia Loggerbots competed in the FIRST Robotics District competition on March 7-8 in Oregon City, finishing 16th out of 35 teams. The team was selected to join an alliance with one of the top eight teams and competed in the quarterfinals, where they were eliminated.
The Loggerbots are scheduled to compete in their second District event beginning April 4-5, in Corvallis at Oregon City.
The top 65 teams, after all teams have competed in two District events, out of over 200 teams in the Northwest Region, advance to compete in the District Championship at the Memorial Coliseum April 10-12. The Loggerbots are currently ranked 82.
Team mentor Jeff Ely explained that this year the robot the teams were assigned to build was especially difficult and that the Loggerbots experienced numerous problems during both days of their first competition. “Having problems is part of the experience and part of the fun,” said Ely. “We had mechanical problems, electrical problems, programing problems.” Read More
The Vernonia Loggerbots hosted an Open House on February 15th. The Loggerbots are preparing to compete for the third year in the FIRST Robotics regional competition. Last year the Vernonia team finished a very surprising 3rd out of 59 teams. The Loggerbots invited the community to see their newest creation as they were putting on the final touches, as well as their robots from the past two years. They also demonstrated their newest acquisition, a 3D printer. They showed video of their team from the competition last year, as well as a video that showed this year’s challenge. Team member Kaitlyn Eyrrick acted as MC and directed visitors to different areas of interest as well as narrating the video. Other members of the team demonstrated the older robots, were available to answer questions and worked with project mentors as they assembled and tested their newest robot.
The Vernonia High School Loggerbots are getting ready to compete in the 2014 FIRST Robotics competition.
As they prepare for a new challenge this year, the Loggerbots are planning to host an Open House on Saturday, February 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the Vernonia School, Room 143 to preview their robot for their supporters and the rest of the community. Anyone interested in learning more about the FIRST Robotics competitions, the VHS Loggerbots team, or about becoming a sponsor, is invited to attend.
Last year, in just their second year of competing, the Loggerbots surprised almost everyone when they finished third in a field of fifty-nine teams at the Regional competition at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Read More
The Vernonia High School Loggerbots finished in third place at the Oregon FIRST Robotics competition on March 8 and 9, 2013 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
The Loggerbots, in just their second year of competing, led the entire field of fifty-nine teams after the first day of the regional competition. After the end of the qualifying round on Saturday, the Loggerbots were in third place overall and had qualified for the elimination round. The top four teams in the elimination round chose two partner teams and create and alliance with whom they compete together for the rest of the competition.
The Loggerbots chose West Valley High School from Spokane, WA and Corvallis High School to join their alliance.
The Loggerbots and their partner teams won their best-of three quarterfinal, losing the first match 76-77, before rebounding in the second match 78-76 and forcing a decisive final match. The Loggers and their partners prevailed in the third match 92-63 and advanced to the final four and the semi finals.
The Loggerbots were eliminated in the semifinals, losing 59- 41 and 88-62. The Loggerbots were awarded third place based on their overall point score of 214 points.
The Robot built by the VHS Loggerbots.
The Vernonia High School Loggerbots were in first place out of 59 teams after the first day at the Oregon FIRST Robotics Competition. The Loggerbots, team 4127, had a record of 7-0 at the Memorial Coliseum after the competition ended Friday evening. The Loggerbots were scheduled to start competing again at 9:45 AM on Saturday morning. is only the second year Vernonia High School has enter a robot in the competition. Last year the team finished 59 out of 66 teams.
FIRST Robotics is an organized international program that encourages youth to compete using knowledge based in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Each year the teams are given a basic starter kit and a new set of tasks that will be worth points in the competition. This year the teams were required to launch a frisbee through a small target and climb a pyramid.
The Loggerbots have received assistance from numerous local volunteer community mentors as well as sponsorship from local businesses.
The Vernonia Loggerbots are putting the final touches on their robot as they prepare for the upcoming Oregon FIRST Robotics competition in early March.
The Vernonia team must build a robot that is capable of completing several tasks as part of the competition. The main task is to have their robot throw a Frisbee through a target.
FIRST Robotics is an organized international program that encourages youth to compete using knowledge based in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” FIRST Robotic Programs are available for students in grades K through 12.