Area High School Students Compete in Robot Challenge

This mid-level robotics competition for hands-on learning experience to develop skills in STEM.

WHAT:          FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Lubbock Qualifier Tournament

WHEN:          Saturday (Jan. 18)

  • 8 a.m. – Practice matches begin
  • 1:05 p.m. – Opening ceremony
  • 1:15 p.m. – Qualifying matches begin
  • 3:45 p.m. – Elimination matches begin
  • 5:30 p.m. – Awards and closing ceremony

WHERE:        Frenship High School gym, 902 Dowden Road, Wolfforth

EVENT:         Teams of 9th-12th graders from Lubbock and surrounding cities will participate in the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Lubbock Qualifier Tournament for an opportunity to win area recognition for design excellence, sportsmanship and teamwork, and advance to the FTC Panhandle-Plains Regional Championship on February 15, also held here in Lubbock.

FTC is a challenging mid-level robotics competition designed for high school students who want a hands-on learning experience to develop and hone their skills and abilities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles.

For more information, visit the FIRST® Tech Challenge website.

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CONTACT: Alan Barhorst, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3563 ext. 241 office or (806) 577-5137 mobile, or alan.barhorst@ttu.edu.