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LMHS Robotics Takes Top Honors at 'Ramp Riot'
LMHS Robotics Takes Top Honors at 'Ramp Riot'

Over Halloween weekend, Lower Merion High School's robotics team (also known as Dawgma1712) took home top honors at Ramp Riot - an annual offseason event hosted by Wissahickon High School where upwards of three dozen teams representing multiple states come together to put their engineering acumen to the test in an arena-style competition.


At Ramp Riot, teams compete in the Infinite Recharge Game, where two Alliances (red & blue) work to protect their city from approaching asteroids caused by a distant space skirmish. At the start of each match, there is a 15-second Autonomous Period where the red and blue droids must follow pre-programmed instructions with no operator control.

Each Alliance, along with their trusty droids (the robots), race to collect and score Power Cells (small yellow foam balls) in order to energize their Shield Generator for maximum protection. To activate Stages of the Shield Generator, droids manipulate their Control Panels after scoring a specific number of Power Cells. Near the end of the match, droids race to their Rendezvous Point to operationalize their Shield Generator in order to protect the city!

Throughout the match, Alliances score points by:

  1. Scoring Power Cells in the Power Port
  2. Moving from the Initiation Line In the final two minutes and 15 seconds of the match as drivers take control of the droids.
  3. Completing Rotation Control
  4. Completing Position Control
  5. Hanging from the Generator Switch
  6. Getting the Generator Switch to the level position

The Alliance with the highest score at the end of the match wins. The last part of the match (numbers 5 & 6 above) is no easy task. Teams must operate their droids to extend an "arm" up to reach what looks like a coat-hanger that pivots in the middle and balances only when two (or three) robots all do a "chin-up" elevating the robot clear of the ground.

While Ramp Riot may be a highly competitive event, it is much more than just a robotics competition. Attending teams use Ramp Riot to introduce rookie members to the FIRST® atmosphere and gear up for the coming season. Ramp Riot has also hosted helpful seminars and information sessions for teams to share what they know and learn from each other. Community members find plenty of fun between matches with face painting, live local radio stations (with prizes!), robot driving zones and even a guest appearance from the Philly Phanatic!

Participating Dawgma1712 Team Members

Simon RolingSam Auerbach
Macy DonahoeGriffin Turner
David LiuKatie Fang
Ryan SchaefferMegan Murray
Nicholas StoiosMichael Aizenberg
Annie WangConnor Marsh
Andy Morocho-SichaAlan Chen
Miranda MollickEli Dresnin
Aaron LinJamie Oswald
Oliver NickersonMark Hoang

Dawmga1712 Supporting Team via Livestream Over the Course of the Weekend

Eli DresninConnor Marsh
Annie WangGeon Park
Ryan SchaefferKevin Wu
Alan ChenJamie Oswald
Aiden ChinwallaMiranda Mollick
Becker JosephAaron Lin
Aarav GuptaHayden Basch
Matthew WaltersAlan Morris

Head Mentor: Sean Lavery

Mentor 1: Gene Guay

Mentor 2: Mery Elder

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