Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Regional Robotics Competition

Moore County was well-represented on January 16 at Cardinal Gibbons High School for the first FTC Regional Robotics Qualifier of the season.  All three high schools (North Moore, Union Pines and Pinecrest) and one middle school (New Century) fielded a team of students that had constructed a TETRIX robot that attempted to score points in the RES-Q Challenge playing field (video below).  FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format (FTC Website).

In preparation for the event, students had to build their robot from a bucket of parts, motors and wheels.  Once the robot was built, they programmed the robot using the MIT App Inventor Software.  Their apps were uploaded to ZTE Cell Phones and paired up with remote controllers.  

The teams had a blast trying to push debris, rescue mountain climbers, climb a 'mountain' and the ultimate challenge - "Hang from the Mountain Top".  

North Moore Team

New Century Team

Pinecrest Team

Union Pines Team

Twenty three teams from across the state attended the event trying to conquer the course.  While none of the teams qualified for the state tournament at this qualifying event, each team left with lessons learned and experiences that will last a lifetime.  We are appreciative to the Public Education Foundation of Moore County and the teachers, coaches, students and parents for providing this opportunity.  

RES-Q Challenge Course

I want to also give a special thanks to Digital Integration Facilitator Lee Ann Holmes for all her help and hard work that made this a success.  She is a Robotics Rockstar!

Digital Integration Facilitator


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