March 6, 2014
Continued from Living Classrooms Newsletter Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. This year, students and engineers were tasked with building a robot that would compete in a game titled “aerial assist.” Students have been meeting six days per week over a six-week period to build a robot for the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition. The “aerial assist” game requires the robot to be able to play on a team that will score goals, pass the balls, and aid in defense tactics to prevent other teams from scoring. February marked the moment when students were able to say, “job well done” as they finished their robot. Although the robot building is complete, students continue to work on developing additional skills and strategies to be a winning team. Mark your calendars for March 27th-29th and join Fresh Start “Team 4242” to see their robot compete! F.I.R.S.T. DC Regional Robotics Competition will take place at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. In last year’s competition, students competed against 58 other teams from around the region and schools as far away as Brazil and Israel. The Fresh Start team won the Creativity Award and finished ranked 9th among the competitors. The exceptional team effort and achievement were highlighted by news media and featured in The Washington Post.