A&T Host First NC FIRST Tech Challenge

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, North Carolina A&T State University hosted the 2013-2014 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) season kick-off and unveiled the game for this year’s youth robotic competition. The FTC program is part of FIRST, a non-profit organization devoted to getting young people engaged in STEM.

The FIRST Tech Challenge Program involving students in grades 7-12, require teams to design and construct robots. In addition to the teams, the competition includes a crew of coaches, mentors and volunteers who are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles and the annual theme. Awards are given for the competitions as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. A total of 48 teams are estimated to participate in four regional and one state tournament. The winning teams from the state tournament will advance to the super regional championship in Texas culminating in the FTC world championships in St. Louis Missouri.

N.C. A&T’s College of Engineering serves as the operational partner for North Carolina and manages all regional and state competitions for NC FIRST LEGO League and NC FIRST Tech Challenge.  

“Our University is proud to serve as the FIRST organization’s North Carolina FLL and FTC partner” said Dr. Robin Coger, dean of the College of Engineering at N.C. A&T. “Our organizations share a common interest in inspiring great minds about science, technology, engineering, and math; and aiding in the preparedness to create innovative solutions for our society and the world.  For years, our faculty and students have served as volunteers, mentors, referees, coaches, and judges, because we are excited to be engaged in helping teams make the connection between their academics, teamwork and professional success.”

About FIRST

FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen and is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math. FIRST has more than 130,000 volunteers and is supported by a network of more than 3,500 Sponsors, including corporations, educational and professional institutions, and individuals.

For more information about FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Lego League, contact Dr. Kory Bennett, operations manager at firstrob@ncat.edu. To learn more about FIRST visit www.usfirst.org.

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