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FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Wins Awards at Regionals!

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Our upper school robotics team earned a 2nd place THINK award and 3rd place CONTROL award in this past weekend’s regional competition!

The THINK award is given to teams for removing engineering obstacles through creative thinking. This judged award is given to the team that best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. The engineering content within the notebook is the key reference for Judges to help identify the most deserving team. The team’s engineering content must focus on the design and build stage of the team’s robot. Journal entries should include descriptions of the underlying science and mathematics of the robot design and game strategies, the designs, redesigns, successes, and opportunities for improvement. The Control Award celebrates a team that uses sensors and software to increase the robot’s functionality in the field. This award is given to the team that demonstrates innovative thinking to solve game challenges such as autonomous operation, improving mechanical systems with intelligent control, or using sensors to achieve better results. The control component should work consistently in the field.

This diverse team of students practiced a multitude of engineering and collaboration skills as they designed, built, programmed, and competed in a head-to-head robot challenge. Additionally, they created an engineering notebook that documented their learning and worked through the challenges of teamwork over the course of many long hours in school, after school, and on the weekends during the last several months. Congratulations to Alex, Zander, Mitchell, Cameron, Lydia, June, Owen, and Brenden for their creativity and hard work! Congratulations and lots of gratitude to Dawn DuPriest for being their selfless and dedicated coach throughout the season!