On Saturday, January 26, 2019, seven FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams from Garrett County Public Schools competed at a second qualifier at Parkville High School in Prince George’s County. There were a total of 36 teams competing from around the state.
Four of the teams made it to the finals. All three teams on the winning alliance where GCPS teams and one team was selected to be on the finalist alliance.
The four teams that made it into the finals have qualified to compete at the state FTC championship, which is Sunday, March 3, 2019, at the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC).
The teams in the winning alliance were a girls team from Northern High School, coached by Laurie Walker; a boys team from Northern High, coached by Jeremy and Amy Perando; and a team from Southern High School, coached by Lindsay Krisher and Zach Trautwein. The team on the finalist alliance was a boys team from Northern Middle School coached by Ali Schilpp.
The remaining teams that competed on Saturday were from Northern Middle coached by Ali Schilpp, Southern Middle coached by Mike Warne and a team from Southern High coached by Lindsay and Zach Krisher.
FTC is a FIRST program for students in grades 7 through 12. The purpose of the FTC program is to give experience to students in the engineering/design process as it applies to robotics. The program starts in seventh grade with expectations that, after four years in the FTC experience, students will be able to mentor younger FIRST teams as juniors and seniors in high school.
A date to remember for the state FIRST LEGO League (FLL) championship at UMBC is February 23, 2019, where seven GCPS FLL teams will be competing.
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