March 2nd, 2020
Combining the excitement of sport with rigors of science and technology, FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technolgy) Robotics Competition is the ultimate sport for the mind. High School students across the Mid-Atlantic region participated in the first week of competition at Hatboro-Horsham High School on February 29th and March 1st.
Under strict rules, limited time and resources teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand”, and build a 120-pound robot to play a difficult field game against other schools all in 8 weeks.
FIRST is a program that engages students of all ages. FIRST has four progression levels so all grades can compete in this program.
- First Lego League Jr (FLL Jr)- Grades K-4
- First Lego League (FLL)- Grades 4-8
- First Tech Challenge (FTC)- Grades 7-12
- First Robotics Competition (FRC)- Grades 9-12
For FRC this year, the theme was called Infinite Recharge. Two alliances work to protect FIRST City from approaching asteroids. The robot’s goal is to collect power cells (yellow balls) in order to energize their shield generator for protection. Each task that is complete earns the team points. At the end of the match, the robots race to the middle of the field and try to hang from a bar for additional points.
To see the week one results of the competition click here. The next event of competition for Hatboro-Horsham High School will be on March 13-15 at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.