A paean to Team 2130 Alpha Plus, Ringo and those who tell the story

The 18th BFHS bot, Ringo, set to represent the skill, acumen and hard work of the 18th BFHS Team 2130 Alpha Plus,.

The Bonners Ferry High School FIRST Robotics Team, 2130 Alpha Plus, has been working hard in preparation for this year’s regional competition taking place Thursday and Friday, March 20-23, in the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, which will draw the best and brightest high school robotics teams from California, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and Canada.

From a concept to a design to boxes and crates of switches, motors, wire, metal and circuit boards, resistors, capacitors, washers, nuts, bolts, brackets and more, the members of Team 2130 toiled and sawed and wired and drilled and programmed, fabricated parts and connected and tested, ever guided by teachers, mentors and experts and often joined by 2130 Alpha Plus teammates from one or several of the 17 BFHS robotics teams to have gone before, men and women come back to mentor, to share again the excitement the challenge … the fun.

Their work culminated in this year’s main bot, Ringo. If the team, in the heat of competition, can squeeze, tease and finesse every measure of capability they designed, programmed and built into Ringo, they could earn a chance to compete in the World competition later this year in Texas.

Here is a look at Ringo and a few of those who worked and toiled and brought Ringo to life, and in so doing brought learning, lifting and growing right along the bot they’ve built.

A thank you to team members Riley Thompson and Wyatt Phebus, who not only helped build Ringo, but took on the role of keeping the community informed, a chore quite often seen as insignificant but which is, in fact, essential. for who would know the stories but for the storytellers?

We greatly appreciate all our donors, sponsors, community, and mentors in their continued support in our conquest to go to Worlds. You can follow along with us on our Facebook page FIRST Team 2130 or by going to https://www.thebluealliance.com/ and searching for the Idaho Regional competition to see the games being broadcast.

BFHS Teal Alpha 2130+
Matthew McCabe, Kyle Newell, Caiden Sutherland, Conner Krezman and Wyatt Phebus work on the robot … well, three of them do. Two channel Obi Wan and Yoda, and call for the force to be with them.
BFHS Team Alpha 2130 Plus
Matthew McCabe waits patiently for Alexa to respond to his request for tea. Earl Grey. Hot. He is not happy. He may have to settle for Tang, warm, stir it yourself.
Brodie Becker
Brodie Becker discovers there isn’t enough amperage available to process all three of Asimov’s Laws of Robotics; “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.” Hmm … what to do, what to do? I know! “Rosie! bring me a sandwich! With a heap of Miracle Whip!”
Riley Thompson, Matthew McCabe, Caiden Sutherland, Conner Krezman and Anthony Giallanza look like they’re working, but in reality they’re coming close to fisticuffs trying to remember who said “we can build him stronger, faster.” A – Popeye B – The Six Million Dollar Man C – I, Robot D – Oscar Goldman