FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.
The team first heard about the theme for this year’s competition - Recycle Rush - at a kickoff event at Waltrip Racing Incorporated, where they received their kit containing parts including motors, batteries, and a mix of automation components.
According to the FIRST® website, the Recycle Rush challenge was a recycling game that is played by two alliances of three robots each. Points are scored when the robots stack totes on scoring platforms, cap the stacks with recycling containers, and properly dispose of items representing litter.
With this knowledge, the 23 member team of Cleveland County high school students worked for six weeks with coaches and mentors from Cleveland Community College, Cleveland County Schools’ Career and Technical Education Program and local industry to create their robot. Due to time constraints, the team divided into subgroups to work more efficiently to address specific programming, mechanical, electrical, and marketing needs.
The Cleveland County C4 team’s participation in this event was a joint effort of Cleveland Community College and Cleveland County Schools, to encourage students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
For more information contact Eddie Atkins, Electronics Engineering Coordinator, at Cleveland Community College or Tony Fogleman, CCS Career and Technical Education Director, at (704) 476-8035.
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