Friday, February 18, 2011

FIRST Robotics

FIRST Robotics Team 1829 has been hard at work the past six weeks building a competitive robot.  The competition this year is called “LogoMotion”.  I have included a link below so that you can check out the game animation.  In a nutshell, teams build a 120 lb. robot that will pick up inner tubes and hang them on a rack.  The rack has three levels and is 7 feet tall.  The robots will also deploy a “mini-bot” in the last 15 seconds of the game.  The mini-bot will climb a 7 foot pole and the first one that makes it to the top of the pole will earn bonus points.  The entire game lasts under 3 minutes.   

Area students have been hard at work.  On Tuesday morning, February 22, every FIRST Robotics team will have to crate/seal and ship their robot to their first competition of the season.  Teams are allowed to hold back up to 30 pounds of their robot and the mini-bots and continue to work until their first competition.

The members of team 1829 and Eastern Shore Robotics (local non-profit organization) would like to invite everyone to check out their robot on Monday, February 21, at 6pm (directions are below).  Students will be on hand to explain the game, answer questions, and discuss the work they done. 

Locally, students from Northampton, Accomack, Worcester, Somerset, and Wicomico counties are be participating this season.  $14 million in college scholarships is available to participating students.  While some teams are school-sponsored, many teams are not.  Students rely on the expertise of mentors from their community, local businesses, industry, and schools for guidance.  Team Fundraising and charitable outreach efforts depend on community support.  Please join us and learn how your area high school students are spending their “free-time”.  As a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) event, you will be amazed at how well YOUR students are implementing the very principles and methods they are learning in the classroom!!!

Eastern Shore Robotics
1731 Broad Street, Suite C
Pocomoke City, MD 21851
Monday, February 22, 2011

Drive north to Pocomoke.
Turn left at the Hardees stop light.
Drive straight past the Pocomoke High School & Elementary School.
When you cross the train tracks, make the immediate right turn & the building is immediately on the left.
You will see the sign for "MIST (Mid-Atlantic Institute For Space and Technology)" - our offices are in the middle of the building.
This building is about 1-1.5 miles off the highway.

For more information, please contact:
Amy Davis
NASA Robotics Alliance Project at Wallops
Phone: 757-824-1096
Cell:  757-894-0201

We hope to see you Monday!!!!


Amy Davis
NASA Robotics Alliance Project at Wallops
Code 569, Bldg E-109 Rm 220
Wallops Island, VA  23337
Phone: 757-824-1096

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