On Saturday, January 6, 2018 the Middle and Upper School robotics team, “Roboken” competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying tournament at Liberty Science Center. The team earned fourth place out of 30 teams and qualified for the state championship on February 25, 2018 at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North. Congratulations to Chris and the team!
What is FIRST Tech Challenge?
It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!”
Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages, including Java. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. Each season concludes with Super-Regional Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.
The positive impact on FIRST Tech Challenge participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 86% have more interest in doing well in school and 87% are more interested in attending college. View impact resources.
FIRST Tech Challenge teams get to:
- Design, build, and program robots
- Apply real-world math and science concepts
- Develop problem-solving, collaboration, and team-building skills
- Build and become strong leaders
- Understand and practice Gracious Professionalism™
- Cooperate and compete in alliances at tournaments
- Compete for awards on and off the field
- Participate in a tiered competition that culminates at the FIRST Championship
- Qualify for millions of dollars in college scholarships
- Have fun!
More about FIRST Tech Challenge: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc