Fifteen Northern California robotics teams competed at a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Qualifying Tournament at Oak Ridge High School’s gym Sunday. The event was hosted by ORHS, the FIRST FTC Team No. 4238 (RCGFoPL) and Playing @Learning.
Teams were judged on design, creativity, programming and outreach. Tasks included moving blocks into designated baskets, climbing ramps, raising a flag and, if so inclined, doing a robot pull-up. Two of the winning teams advance to the NorCal Championship in February.
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.