150 High School Students Compete in Regional Robot Championships

Teams of 9th-12th graders will participate in the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Panhandle-Plains Regional Championship Tournament.

WHAT:           FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Panhandle-Plains Championship Tournament

WHEN:           Saturday (Feb. 15)

  • 8 a.m. – Practice matches begin
  • 1:05 p.m. – Opening ceremony
  • 1:15 p.m. – Qualifying matches begin
  • 4:15 p.m. – Elimination matches begin
  • 5:30 p.m. – Final matches begin
  • 6:30 p.m. – Awards and closing ceremony

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

EVENT:         Teams of 9th-12th graders from across the western third of the state will participate in the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Panhandle-Plains Regional Championship Tournament for an opportunity to win statewide recognition for design excellence, sportsmanship and teamwork and to advance to the South Super-Regional Championship Tournament in San Antonio.

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) 834-4951 office or (806) 577-5137 mobile, or alan.barhorst@ttu.edu.