Here at Shaker we’re proud to say that all of our graduates are attending college in a STEM field. Graduates are majoring in Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mathematics, Pre-med, and Pharmacy at UC Berkeley, Colgate University, Clarkson University, Cooper Union, Arizona State, SUNY Buffalo, RIT, and SUNY Albany.
Each year FIRST assigns a new challenge to build a robot. Inventor Dean Kamen launched the 2013 FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) season on January 5th with the kickoff of a new game called ULTIMATE ASCENTSM. Nearly 51,000 high-school students in 81 cities around the world joined the Kickoff via live NASA-TV broadcast and webcast. The game is played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competes by trying to score as many flying discs into their goals as possible during the 2-minute and 15-second match. Discs scored in higher goals score Alliances more points. Matches end with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field. The Shaker Robotics team attended the kickoff event at RPI, along with team coaches, mentors and parents. Numerous other teams from the region also gathered to learn what the new game is, digest the lengthy game rules, and begin brainstorming potential design and engineering approaches. The team also considered possible game strategies, which will heavily impact the robot design.
> Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa5MGEZNrf0 to watch a short animation explaining the Ultimate Ascent game.