FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1629

Local FIRST Robotics Team to host Robot Demonstration on February 15, 2015

Last Updated on Feb 10, 2015 at 3:58pm | FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1629

FIRST Robotic Team (FRC) 1629 will be demonstrating its robot on February 15, 2015, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the Garrett Engineering and Robotics Society (GEARS) located in Accident, Maryland, at the Industrial Park.
 
The mission of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) 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 inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
The open house will be the last chance to see FRC Team 1629’s robot in action before it gets packed up and shipped off to various regional competitions this year.  Some 2,550 teams (close to 52,000 high school students) from across the country and around the world have six weeks to design and assemble a 120 pound robot to play in a high-tech game field.  Teams will have to use motors, batteries and other parts from a kit put together by FIRST game designers.  Every year, FRC teams design a new robot to compete in regional competitions.
 
The 2015 game, RECYCLE RUSH is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST® at the end of the season.  FRC robots are built to compete in both autonomous and tele-operated modes.   You can also view this year’s game challenge at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/2015-game
 
In accordance with FIRST values, RECYCLE RUSH is about more than just robots.  FRC competitions embody the fun and excitement of a sporting game, but also showcase the power of collaboration and the determination of students.
 
“FIRST isn’t about competing; it’s about cooperating and recognizing that if you have the right tools, you’ll be able to make this world a better place for yourself and for the country,” said Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research and Development and FIRST Founder, adding, “There is no stimulus package that will have as much return as stimulating a bunch of kids to become the workforce, the problem solvers, and the creators of the future.”
 
FRC Team 1629 will begin its eleventh season this year and is partnered with the Garrett County Public School System; Beitzel Corporation, Inc.; Pillar Innovations LLC; Wilson Supply, Inc.; Exelon Generation; Garrett Container Systems, Inc.; Phenix Technologies; GEARS; and Garrett County Government.
 
The robotic team hopes people will be able to join them for the Open House and experience firsthand the excitement of FIRST.  If unable to attend, the team encourages everyone to keep track of its progress and activities by visiting the website at www.garrettcountyschools.org/frc1629.
 
More information about FIRST and Robotics in Garrett County can be found at the following websites or contact numbers:
 
FIRST Robotics:
http://www.usfirst.org  or (800) 871-8326
 
FIRST Robotics Team 1629 (FRC):
www.garrettcountyschools.org/frc1629  or 301-334-8926
 
Directions to GEARS, and weather related announcements concerning the open house, can be received by calling 301-334-8926 or 301-746-6161.