The ReedBotics will be hosting robotics teams across Northern Nevada on Jan. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Reed High School in the cafeteria for the final meet in Northern Nevada to launch this year’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge.
Robotics teams in Northern Nevada have been working hard this season to revise their robots in preparation for the culminating competition which will determine which teams advance to the regional competition in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 4. The name of this year’s game is “Velocity Vortex” and teams will be designing, building, and programming their robots to complete predetermined tasks on the playing field to earn points. Points are not only awarded based on game play but also for maintaining their Engineering Notebooks, oral interviews, and gracious professionalism. This is a fun and educational way for students to get hands on training in computer programming, engineering, and design while forming life-long bonds in the process. Michaela Carr, A ReedBotic team member says, “This is a good was to challenge myself while still having fun. Reed is known for its sports teams and I like being a part of a team that is different.” This year Reed HS has an all girls team. Club advisor Leigh Metcalfe says, “they are a remarkable group of creative, dedicated and hard working student who have improved their robot design in elegant ways; in fact their overall standing as of Jan 11, 2017 was 3rd place outranking our veteran team.”
The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills that also inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. FIRST Tech Challenge teams are made up of students in grades 7 through 12 that have a general interest in Robotics Technology. Being a part of this program teaches participants the fundamentals of engineering, computer programing, and design while encouraging participants to grow socially by learning to work and be a part of a team FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills.
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