Area High School Students Compete in Robot Challenge

Whitacre College of Engineering sponsors the event.

WHAT: Texas Tech University's Whitacre College of Engineering sponsors the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Lubbock Qualifier Tournament.

WHEN: Saturday (Jan. 31)

  • 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 N. Dowden Road, Wolfforth

EVENT: Teams of 9th-12th graders from Lubbock and surrounding cities will participate in the qualifier tournament for an opportunity to win area recognition for design excellence, sportsmanship and teamwork. Teams also have the opportunity to advance to the FTC Panhandle-Plains Regional Championship on Feb. 21.

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 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 strategies 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 or alan.barhorst@ttu.edu.