Finalists of FIRST® Tech Robotics Challenge Decided at New England Tech

Finalists of FIRST® Tech Robotics Challenge Decided at New England Tech

First Robotics competition at Rhode Island's New England TechNew England Institute of Technology sponsored the eleventh annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge on Saturday, February 4th.  Serving as Rhode Island’s FIRST® Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner, NEIT hosted 32 Rhode Island middle and high school robotics teams which emerged from qualifying competitions to take part in this final round.

rhode island first roboticsThis season, approximately 40 middle and high school robotics teams throughout the state assembled to design, build and compete in the annual Rhode Island FIRST® Tech Challenge. This year’s theme, “Velocity Vortex,” was announced at the FIRST® Kick-Off held at NEIT on September 10th.

Accomplished inventor, Dean Kamen, founded FIRST® in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in students through the fun of robotics. The goal is to engage students to develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and innovative reasoning skills using custom-designed robots. The participating Rhode Island teams competed for four slots to travel to regional and national competitions to be held in Pennsylvania in March.

The four teams advancing to the Super Regional in Scranton, PA in March are:

  • Inspire Award Winner- 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics
  • Winning Alliance Captain- 9910 Scituate HS
  • Inspire Award 2ndplace- 6217 The Fellowship
  • Winning Alliance 1stteam selected- 154 Burrillville HS

For more information on the Tech Challenge, contact Erin Flynn at New England Tech at 401-739-5000, ext. 3462 or by email at eflynn@neit.edu. To learn more about the FIRST® organization, please visit www.usfirst.org or learn about our Mechanical Engineering Technology <click.

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