Local FIRST Robotics Team to host Robot Demonstration on Sunday, February 28, 2016

Last Updated on Feb 23, 2016 at 3:40pm

FIRST Robotic Team (FRC) 1629 will be demonstrating their robot on Sunday, February 28, 2016, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Garrett Engineering and Robotics Society (GEARS) located in Accident, Maryland, at the Industrial Park. The open house will be the last chance to see Team 1629’s robot in action before it gets packed up and shipped off to various regional competitions this year.

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. Every year, FRC teams design a new robot to compete in regional competitions.

This year’s challenge is called FIRST STRONGHOLD which was revealed to the over 3,000 teams comprised of 78,000 students from around the world on January 9, 2016. Working with adult mentors, students have six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge. Once these young inventors build a robot, their teams will participate in one or more of the Regional and District events that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is one of four FIRST programs which include FIRST LEGO League Jr, FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST Tech Challenge. FRC is FIRST’s oldest program which had its start in 1989 and features team built robots with a perimeter no greater than 120 inches and weighing no more than 120 pounds. Robots compete in a 3v3 situation on a 54 by 27 foot playing field in a series of matches two minutes and 30 second in duration.

Dubbed a varsity Sport for the Mind™, FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. It’s the only school sport where all members may turn pro if they choose. Teams of 10 or more high school students (ages 14-18/grades 9-12) are challenged to build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors, raise funds, design a team “brand,” and hone teamwork skills. It’s as close to real-world business and engineering as a student can get.

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, the creators of the future.”

This is FRC Team 1629’s twelfth season this year and is partnered with the Garrett County Public School System, Beitzel Corporation, Inc., Pillar Innovations LLC, Wilson Supply Inc., GEARS and Garrett County Government.

The team hopes you will be able to join them for the Open House and experience firsthand the excitement of FIRST. If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to keep track of our progress and activities by visiting our 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.firstinspires.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 301-914-1344.
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