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Local FIRST Robotics Team to host Robot Demonstration on Sunday, February 18, 2018

Last Updated on Feb 13, 2018 at 9:47am | Public Information Office

FIRST Robotic Team (FRC) 1629 will be demonstrating its robot on Sunday, February 18, 2018, 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 opportunity 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 foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Every year, FRC teams design a new robot to compete in regional competitions.

FIRST Robotics Competition pairs high school students with adult mentors (primarily engineers and teachers) to design and build robots that compete against one another in a high-energy environment.

At the “Kickoff” event each January, a new and challenging game is introduced. FIRST® POWER UP, the 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition game, includes two alliances of video game characters and their human operators who are trapped in an arcade game. Both alliances are working to defeat the boss in order to escape! This year’s game was presented at the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff on Saturday, January 6, 2018. These exciting competitions combine the practical application of science and technology with the fun, intense energy and excitement of a championship-style sporting event. Teams are encouraged to display Gracious Professionalism®, help other teams, and cooperate while competing. This is known as Coopertition®.

In 2018, FIRST Robotics Competition will reach 90,000 high school students representing more than 3,600 teams. Teams come from nearly every state in the United States, as well as many other countries. FIRST Robotics Competition teams will participate in 63 regional competitions, 85 district competitions, and 10 district championships. In addition, approximately 800 teams will qualify to go to one of the two FIRST Championships at the end of April, 2018.

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: 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 3-on-3 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 is 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 is as close to real-world business and engineering as a student can get.

FIRST isn’t about competing. It is 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. “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.”

This is FRC Team 1629’s thirteenth season. The team is partnered with the Garrett County Public Schools Beitzel Corporation, Inc., Pillar Innovations LLC, Wilson Supply, Inc., GEARS, Garrett County Government, Phenix Technologies, Garrett Containers, and Total Biz Fulfillment.

Please join the team for the Open House and experience firsthand the excitement of FIRST. If unable to attend, track the progress and activities by visiting .

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

FIRST Robotics: or (800) 871-8326


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 301-914-1344.

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