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Area High School Students to Compete in Robot Challenge

Jim Kennedy

February 23, 2017

Robotic Challenge

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


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

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 25)

WHERE: Lubbock High School, 2004 19th St.

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 South Super Regional March 23-25 in Athens, Georgia.

The event is sponsored by the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech University.

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.

CONTACT: Alan Barhorst, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-4951 or alan.barhorst@ttu.edu

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