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LHS Arctic Warriors Kick Off New Season

Monday, January 22, 2018 -

This year’s Liverpool High School Arctic Warriors (Team 174), Photo of two LHS students working on this year's FIRST robot.featuring more than 40 high school students and 15 mentors, have hit the ground running as they collaborate and innovate to meet the requirements and play of this year's FIRST® Robotics competition, FIRST® Power Up.

This suspenseful and creative game sets Team 174 up for six weeks of strenuous thinking, building, and creating. Already two weeks into the build season, the Arctic Warriors have created sketches, theorized prototypes, and shared ideas with fellow teammates.

FIRST® Power Up is this year’s game where teams are challenged to retrieve and deliver “Power Cubes” onto scales at varying heights. Points are earned based on how long a team can keep the scale tipped in their favor and additional points can be earned from “Power Ups” that allow a team to gain an advantage at any time during the match. At the end of the match, teams only have 30 seconds to climb a rung and face the boss!

This arduous set of tasks has involved team meetings more than three hours long for at least four out of seven days a week, and an endless supply of brain power and ideas. Students and mentors have honorably set their minds to a deterring task, regardless of possible failure and struggle in light of their designs.

“The technological economy of the future depends on equipping today’s youth with the tools necessary to become tomorrow’s leading innovators,” said Ray Dromms, engineer at Transonic and an Arctic Warriors mentor. “This tournament provides kids with an engaging hands-on learning experience that promotes a passion for science and technology – instilling in them an appreciation for the field and an enthusiasm to pursue STEM-related education and careers.”

With the power of young minds and cultured working professionals, the LHS Arctic Warriors are building a quick, sturdy, and witty robot for this year's FIRST® Power Up. Never giving up even with failures halting their progress, Team 174 is fighting against the onslaught of challenges they will face this season. Orange and blue decorate their T-shirts and banners, awards and medals accessorize their walls, but their camaraderie and ingenuity set them ahead of the game.

FIRST® Power Up spawns a creative spark inside of its students and allows them to express their ideas in a positive environment. The Arctic Warriors happily accept the challenge placed in front of them and are excited to compete during this year’s Finger Lakes Regional championships to be held at the Rochester Institute of Technology from March 15 to 17.

More information about the FIRST® Robotics Competition is available at and more information about LHS Robotics can be found at

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