The Stealth Tigers launch the spring 2019 season hoping to match –
and exceed – last year’s results, when Jesuit's
Team 3164 qualified for the World Championships
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JESUIT PERSPECTIVES • WINTER 2018-19 11
It was still Christmas Break, but Jesuit
High School's Stealth Tigers Robotics
day morning January 5 for the start of a
long working weekend.
globe – together watched the big kickoff
live-streamed presentation of the 30th
annual FIRST Robotics competition.
Then, immediately, the brainstorming,
strategizing, and planning began. Over
a huge head start to the season.
Though fundamentally similar to
opportunities for the Stealth Tigers (a.k.a.
Jesuit and the Academy of the Holy
Like in many other years, the competition
will require teams to use their
robots to load receptacles – which are
theme – with spherical cargo containers.
However, this year, cargo ports must be
secured with large circular hatch panels
that must be carried by the robots.
new dimension to the competition.
Teams must decide whether to equip
anism that can complete both tasks, or
two mechanisms specialized for each
of the event, pilots will not be able to
sandstorm. During this time, robots must
be able to perform tasks autonomously,
"Historically, the Stealth Tigers have
been a driver-based team that doesn't
rely on the robot to be autonomous,"
also is the head of Jesuit's Engineering
program. "The addition of viewing
sensors for the sandstorm component
will be an exciting, new challenge for us."
tition announcement to the submission
date for their competition robot, the
Stealth Tigers quickly developed a
strategy and segmented into four
groups, each focusing on a different
design. A prototype of each design was
completed in a week to evaluate proof
by team vote, and by mid-January the
construction, coding, and testing began,
with the Stealth Tigers working diligently
in the ATEC – Applied Technology and
Engineering Center – into the darkness
after school several days a week and
The robots must be submitted after
six weeks and remain untouched until
the next event. Before the submission
date, the team also builds two identical
ments can be made. On the day of the
competition, teams are allowed to bring
Last spring, the Stealth Tigers advanced
from the Regional competitions in
ships in Houston, where the team won
six straight matches to advance to the
make it to Worlds again and advance
"We feel like we're making incredible
season," said Hescheles. "We're all really
excited, and this season we're working
with the World Championships in mind."
The team is led this spring by president
Daniel Guagliardo '19, vice president
Maria Hurtado (AHN senior), captains
Duffy (AHN senior).
TOP Stealth Tigers Team 3164 members brainstorm
on Jan. 5, the day the spring 2019 FIRST Robotics
challenge was announced
BOTTOM Luca Valenti '20, John Barreto '21, and
Andrew Jung '19 build a prototype robot in the ATEC