Capitol Technology University is proud to host the FIRST Tech Challenge on Saturday, February 8th and 15th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This tournament will bring 350-400 middle and high school students broken up into teams of no more than 15 to Capitol’s campus for a day of team robotics challenges. The student teams and their mentors will debut the robot they’ve built and its many capabilities in head-to-head rounds lasting no more than two-and-a-half minutes. The one-on-one rounds showcase the robots’ design and function as well as the capabilities of the team member who is remotely controlling the robot.
While building the robots during each season, teams record the process and steps used to build their robot, which is considered by the judges when determining which team will win in multiple categories including engineering, design excellence, competitive play, and sportsmanship.
The day of healthy competition, strategy, and functional design is more than just fun. Students who participate in the Challenge are may receive college scholarships offered by FIRST.
FIRST, which means “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,“ describes this tournament as “exciting sporting events with head-to-head competition between team built robots, team and robot performance awards, fast-paced robot maintenance/repair in the pit between matches, cross-team strategy sessions, mascots, team cheers, and stupendous acts of Gracious Professionalism.”
Capitol will host the separate events in the Student Center, Auditorium, classrooms B244/245 on the second floor, and C classrooms on the first floor while the judging will take place in room L103 in the Library.
For more information about FIRST and the various STEM programs it offers visit: https://firstinmaryland.org/