More than 14 Northern California robotics teams will be competing on Sunday, Jan. 22, at a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Qualifying Tournament at Oak Ridge High School.
The event is hosted by the ORHS Interact Club, the FIRST FTC Team No. 4238 (RCGFoPL) and Playing @Learning.
The competition is free and open to the public. The event starts at 9 a.m. with teams preparing for competition and judging events. Robots will begin competing on the field at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Champion of the Tournament final competition from 3 to 5 p.m. Demonstrations from FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Lego League will take place throughout the day.
Teams will be judged on design, creativity, programming and outreach. The winning team will advance to the state level competition in March.
The mission of FIRST Robotics is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership. Teams begin working on their robots in September, and the competition concludes at the World Championship in April. FIRST Tech Challenge Teams are made up of high school age students.
This is a great opportunity for interested kids and adults to watch the robots in action and learn more about the FIRST Robotics programs. For more information about the FIRST organization go to www.usfirst.org and www.NorCalFTC.org.
Oak Ridge High School is located at 1120 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. The event will take place in the school gymnasium.