Area High School Students to Compete in Robot Challenge

The event is sponsored by the Texas Tech University Whitacre College of Engineering.

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

WHEN: Judging begins at 8 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 20); Competition begins at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Frenship High School Gymnasium, Wolfforth

EVENT: Teams of high school students from Lubbock, El Paso and surrounding cities will participate in the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Panhandle-Plains Regional Championship. Winners will receive recognition for design excellence, sportsmanship and teamwork and will advance to the FTC Super Regional Championship, March 9-11, in San Antonio.

The event is sponsored by the Texas Tech University Whitacre College of Engineering.

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

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 or

Whitacre College of Engineering

The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering has educated engineers to meet the technological needs of Texas, the nation and the world since 1925.

Approximately 4,300 undergraduate and 725 graduate students pursue bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees offered through eight academic departments: civil and environmental, chemical, computer science, electrical and computer, engineering technology, industrial, mechanical and petroleum.