The DECC welcomes the FIRST Robotics Competition to the DECC this week. Teams of high school students from several states will be competing with robots they have created to perform a set of tasks. One of the teams includes our very own Duluth East Daredevils. Here is more about the event from the FIRST website.
Dubbed a “varsity sport for the mind,” FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.
It’s as close to “real world” engineering that a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
High-school students get to:
•Learn from professional engineers
•Build and compete with a robot of their own design
•Learn and use sophisticated hardware and software
•Be exposed to design, project management, programming, teamwork, strategic thinking, and Coopertition™
•Earn a place in the Championship
•Qualify for more than $14 million in college scholarships