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FIRST Robotics Competition

  POSTED ON: Sunday, January 31, 2021 12:00 AM by Christine Maceo

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Regional Competition is being held from January through March 2021 in a series of small, in-person, hybrid and remote play events. During the weekend of January 30-31, the FTC season opened with in-person competitions in both Howard County, MD and Fairlawn, VA, and was supported remotely by ten midshipmen and a STEM staff member. Eighty high school students and twenty mentors participated sequentially throughout the two-day robotics competition event.

Designed to inspire STEM innovation and skills, FIRST FTC is for students in grades 9–12 to design, build, and program their robots to compete in an alliance format against other team alliances. Student teams are guided by adult coaches and mentors. In addition to honing STEM skills, student participants garner experience in teamwork, perseverance and engineering protocol (such as keeping an engineering design notebook).

MIDN Lian Dunlevy, Tom Dias, Courtney Tse, Juliet Yu, Shane Fagan, Jamison Julian, Kamila Lamud, Mae Myers, Benjamin Currey, and Ali Suciu, who volunteered a total of 112 hours for FIRST FTC, received gratitude and praise from event organizers: “This was our first attempt at this new and challenging format. Having your support, good humor, willingness to adapt and professionalism made a great difference.”

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