Prince George FTC Robotics Team Competes

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Prince George Schools fielded another FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team in 2016-2017 for the fourth year in a row.  The team – Robot Life – was based at Prince George High School and attended their tournament on February 4 at Norfolk State University. 

            “Velocity Vortex” was the FTC theme for this year, and team members were:  William Auton, Juan Bhatt, Noah Craft, Michael Davis, Patrick Dennis, Dylan Hall, and Jordan Landers.  Their adult coaches included Chris Auton, Blake Cox, and Sharon Jadrnak. 

            The team used TETRIX robot parts, Android devices (cell phones), and the Java programming language to construct their robot.  Robots must fit into a box that is 18 inches on each side, and they have two-and-a-half minutes to compete on the playing field and score points with a partner.  This year the robot was able to move a large ball autonomously, shoot small balls into a goal, and push buttons on beacons on the playing field walls.

            FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” and is an international effort “to show students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all.”  (www.usfirst.org)


PHOTO:  The team and their robot at the 2/4/17 tournament.