200 High School Students to Compete in Regional Robot Championships

Whitacre College of Engineering is sponsoring the event.

WHAT: FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Panhandle-Plains Championship Tournament, sponsored by Texas Tech University's Whitacre College of Engineering

WHEN: Saturday (Feb. 21)

  • 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: High school students throughout the western third of the state will participate in the FTC Panhandle-Plains Regional Championship Tournament. Students comprise 25 teams 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, 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.