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Local FIRST Robotics Team to Host Robot Demonstration on February 16th

Last Updated on Feb 11, 2014 at 5:42pm | Public Information Office

Garrett County Public Schools’ FIRST Robotic Team (FRC) 1629 will be demonstrating its robot on February 16, 2014, 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 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 is transported 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 on a high-tech game field. Teams have to use motors, batteries, and other parts from a kit that is assembled by the FIRST game designers. Each year, FRC teams design a new robot to compete in regional competitions.

The 2014 game, Aerial Assist, is played by two Alliances of three teams each. Alliances compete by trying to score as many balls into goals as possible during a two-minute and 30-second match. Additional points are earned by robots working together to score goals and by throwing and catching balls over a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor as they move the ball down the field. FRC robots are built to compete in both autonomous and tele-operated modes.

In accordance with FIRST values, Aerial Assist is more than just robots. FRC competition embodies the fun and excitement of a sporting game, but showcases 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. He added, “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.”

FRC Team 1629 will begin its tenth season and is partnered with the Garrett County Public School System, Beitzel Corporation, Inc., Pillar Innovations LLC, Wilson Supply Inc., Garrett Container Systems, Inc., Phenix Technologies, GEARS, and Garrett County Government.

Please join Team 1629 for an Open House and experience, first hand, the excitement of FIRST. If unable to attend, please follow the team’s progress and activities by visiting the website at or to watch a video of this year’s game.

More information about FIRST and Robotics in Garrett County can be found at the following websites and/or contact numbers:

FIRST Robotics: or 603-666-3906

FIRST Robotics Team 1629 (FRC): 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.
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