Hello all! It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a chance to update! Our winter has been VERY busy! We are still fighting this winter weather, sadly, here in NC! It’s mid-March and most of the school systems are closed AGAIN today because of the icy conditions. We are SO ready for spring!
One fun event that we recently had a chance to attend was the FIRST Robotics FRC Regional Tournament in Raleigh. The Conductor is on a local Jr.FLL team here locally and he can’t wait til he’s old enough to be on the FRC teams! They really are exciting
Here’s a little more info about FRC:
The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is the premier engineering challenge for high school students. Teams of students, working closely with teachers and volunteer mentors, have six weeks to conceptualize, design, build, program, modify and test a robot to participate in a competition that changes each year.
Every January, FIRST unveils the competition or “game” at an annual kick-off event that is simulcast to locations around the world. Teams receive a “kit” of common parts that are used to build the core systems of the robot, but they won’t find an instruction manual! Students work with hundreds of components, including engineering mainstays such as programmable radio controllers, motors, electrical circuitry and mechanical parts. Following the six-week design and build phase, teams enter one of 77 regional or district competitions, including the 2014 North Carolina Regional.
The season culminates with the FIRST Championship, a three-day event attended by more than 20,000 students, families and friends.
If you are anywhere near a local event, you should definitely stop by a tournament! FIRST has been a terrific program for our family and many of our friends as well!