2015 – EE Times
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Silicon Valley is a pretty competitive venue for a youth robotics competition so when you win big, it’s pretty cool. Just ask Andrew Torrance, the president of Team 254 in the First Robotics Competition.
Torrance represents Bellarmine College Preparatory, a private Jesuit high school in San Jose that last year won the regionals and the final championship in St. Louis.
“One of our long time mentors was roaring with so much energy I had never seen from him before,” Torrance said. “I’ve watched the videos of the final match several times now – it was amazing,” he said.
The team played well in its first round at the San Jose regionals here April 3-4, scoring more than 160 points for getting its robot to pick up and stack boxes and garbage cans in a game called Recycle Rush. “This is one of the hardest regional competitions,” said Torrance, speaking in the crew pit at the San Jose State University Event Center.