For the past week local PNW high school FIRST Robotics teams have been designing and entry for a new vision for OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science & Industry) and the turbine room to attract and educate youth in STEM.The competition is named LEAP for Linking Engineering and Philanthropy as a way for FIRST Robotics teams to do more than just robots.The winning teams won prize money from Autodesk to apply to their upcoming FIRST Robotics FRC competition season. The LEAP competition was developed and organized by Team 1540 Flaming Chickens of Catlin Gabel and hosted by OMSI.

Five teams presented last evening to a judge panel made up of Autodesk employees Andy Sears and Patti Vrobel, OMSI employees, and an architect. The judge panel asked many good questions of the teams and then determined the wining teams.

1st place Shockwave 4488 won $4000

2nd place AEMBot 6443 won $2000
3rd place tied Cloverbots 3674 won $1000
3rd place tied Flaming Chickens 1540
4th place honorable mention Beavertronics 5970

Thank you to OMSI, FRC Teams, parents, mentors, judges, and ORTOP! It is always inspiring to see young adults designing and making things while they learn how to change their world for the better. It aligns with everything that Autodesk stands for in Imagine, Design, and Create a better world.

Here are some photos from the event.