Local High School Robotics Team Takes Their Robot Ice-Skating In Greensboro

"FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1533, Triple Strange, will be showcasing one of their robots that they recently modified to go ice-skating this Saturday, December 19 at 10 am.  FIRST North Carolina (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring the next generation of engineers, inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders.  Through four different K-12 robotics-oriented programs, students participate in a mentor-based hands-on learning experience that excites and engages.

FIRST North Carolina is busy preparing for four district competitions and one state championship for the 2016 competition season of “Stronghold.”  The exact details for this year’s challenge and robot specifications will be released during the international kick-off day January 9, 2016.  Teams will then have 6 weeks to design, construct, and test their robots before competing in March and April.  “We are very excited to bring one of these events to the Greensboro area next March 5 and 6.  We will have 33 teams from across North Carolina competing at Northeast Guilford High School, all hoping to advance to the State Championships and then on to the World Championships in St. Louis,” states Marie Hopper, Executive Director for FIRST North Carolina. “We invite everyone to join the excitement by joining us between 10 am and 5 pm each day of the event, which is free and open to the public.”

Triple Strange has been competing since 2004 and is part of ECG Robotics, a local nonprofit that supports five community FIRST robotics teams.   They modified a robot names Janus from a past competition to be able to manuever on the ice.  Spectators will have an opporunity to drive the robot on Saturday morning between 10 am and 11 am.

FIRST represents a partnership of teachers, administrators, parents, and volunteers that bring teams together to celebrate the achievement of students in science and technology. Their combined efforts help to give the world its future engineers, scientists, technicians, inventors, and business people.”  Said Ed Paradise, VP at Cisco RTP.  Several local companies, such as TE Connectivity, ABCO and PPG Industries, support the program through volunteer and financial contributions as a way to build their future workforce.

For more information about FIRST North Carolina – www.ncfirstrobotics.org and www.firstinspires.org

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $22 million in college scholarships,the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org"

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