Perspectives Iron Wolves, Team 2709 at 2015 FIRST Midwest Regional

April 3, 2015

CHICAGO—The Iron Wolves, a.k.a Team 2709, of Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy (MSA) have competed in FIRST Robotics Competition since 2009. This year, they entered the 2015 Midwest Regional with an experienced squad led by large contingent of seniors. The competition was held April 2-4, 2015 at the UIC Pavilion. The Iron Wolves receive generous support from Illinois Institute of Technology and Motorola Solutions Foundation.

Over the course of three days, teams from around the world and the Midwest tested their machine robots in the ultimate high tech competition at the Midwest Regional. In 2013, the Iron Wolves were part of the championship alliance that earned them a berth in the FIRST Robotics World Championship Event in Saint Louis, Missouri.

FIRST Robotics Competition is a multi-national competition in which high-school students work side-by-side with science and engineering professionals and other adult mentors, to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. Using a standard “Kit of Parts,” a common set of rules, limited resources and time constraints, FRC teams are challenged to design, build, and program a 120 lb. robot to perform the tasks of the season’s game against a field of competitors in a sports-like event, as well as raise funds, design a team “brand,” and hone teamwork skills.

"This year's game, RECYCLE RUSH℠, helps bring attention to the global concern of exhausting our natural resources and our need to re-use and recycle whatever we can," said FIRST Founder Dean Kamen. "It's the kind of challenge I hope FIRST participants will find inspirational as they make key decisions about their education, careers, and futures."

RECYCLE RUSH℠ is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three Robots each. Robots score points by stacking Totes on Scoring Platforms, capping those stacks with Recycling Containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing Litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in the home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season.

"The Iron Wolves are an example of the robust after school programming that we offer our students at all of our schools here at Perspectives," said Director of Programs Vinay Mullick. "Learning of the core subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is augmented in out-of-school time through interactive robotics gameplay."

Skills like teamwork, software design, architecture, engineering, marketing and so much more are encouraged through the FIRST Robotics Competition. The Iron Wolves and their counterparts are showing how hard they have worked to assemble robots capable of competing in the RECYCLE RUSH℠ game, how much they have learned, and how far Gracious Professionalism® can take them.

"Our students use the A Disciplined Life education model—which combines rigorous academic classes and strong character education—to achieve their robotics, academic and character education goals," said Iron Wolves Team 2709 coach Lorenzo Craig. "We have been studying the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life, which help us develop positive self-perception, healthy relationships and tools for productivity and all of that adds up to Gracious Professionalism in the language of FIRST."