For the second year in a row, FIRST NV and event sponsor CGI, Inc. will bring over 20 FIRST TECH Challenge robotic teams to compete for a seat to the World Festival Competition.
It’s a sport minded game where students use applied engineering principles to gain advantages in a new game. This season’s game, called “Ring It Up!” challenges teams to use infrared seekers and weight sensors to find game elements and place them strategically in the field. Each 2 ½ minute match begins with a 30 second autonomous period followed by a 2-minute driver operated period. The end game will allow alliance teams to lift robots off the ground to score more points. Intense and intelligent, these games require teams to combine strategy, precision and driver skill. The alliance game format encourages teams to recognize the strengths of their partners to cooperate in accumulating scores that puts them in contention for a coveted seat at the World Festival held at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo., also known as the Superbowl of Smarts.
CGI Inc. of Carson City, NV, is sponsoring the Northern Nevada Tech Challenge Championship. Founded by inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was created to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. The FIRST®Tech Challenge (FTC®) is a robotics competition that provides grades 7 through high-school-aged students with a challenging, technology-rich program that inspires them about science, technology, and engineering. The programs also come with additional benefits. Now over $15 million of scholarships are available to FIRST high school students.
On Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, teams of up to 10 from Reno, Sparks, Virginia City, Yerington, and out of region teams from San Diego, Las Vegas, Oregon, Utah and Northern California will compete head to head in a robotics challenge. They work alongside mentors, applying real-world math and science concepts to solve the annual challenge. The game uses alliance strategy to encourage cooperation and communication. Through their FIRST involvement, students discover the rewarding and engaging process of innovation and engineering. During this season, an estimated 2,500 FIRST Tech Challenge teams will compete in events in the U.S., Canada, Europe, India, Mexico and the Netherlands, culminating at the FIRST Championship at the World Festival.
FIRST NV, the 501c3 organization responsible for all year robotic programming and producers of the Nevada regional events invite the community to the Second Annual Northern Nevada FIRST TECH Challenge. For more information, click here.
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