Winston-Salem Fairgrounds to host FIRST Robotics as High School Students Compete to Qualify for International Championship
The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds will host its first High School Regional Robotics Competition. Over 30 High School teams will compete this weekend at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex, 414 Deacon Blvd, Winston-Salem, for a trip to the National Robotics Championship in Houston, Texas.
High-school students from across North Carolina will have the opportunity to showcase their hard work after an intense six weeks of designing and building an original robot in the FIRST® Robotics Competition (www.firstinspires.org). This week, at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex, 33 teams of students and engineering and technical mentors will demonstrate their skill for science, mathematics, and technology. They will compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship, and high-impact partnerships between schools, businesses, and communities.
Fri., Mar. 30 – 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Opening ceremonies; 11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Qualifying matches
Sat., Mar. 31 – 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Opening ceremonies; 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Qualifying matches; 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Final rounds matches; 5:00 p.m. – Awards & closing ceremonies
High School Students Put Robots to the Test, Compete to Qualify for FIRST North Carolina State Championship at the Forsyth County District Event
33 Teams from across NC to Compete for Awards, Qualification for State championship and advancement to international championship
Over a six-week timeframe, students work with professional engineering mentors to design a robot that solves a problem using a Kit of Parts and a standard set of rules. Once these young inventors create the robot, their teams participate in regional competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students
“What we’re doing is way more than a competition. While not every robot can win, all of the kids do,” said Donald Bossi, president of FIRST, adding, “FIRST inspires a lifelong love of learning that is critical to persevere in today’s ever-changing workforce. We’re developing the innovators, technology leaders, and creative problem solvers who will make the world a better place.” According to Marie Hopper, president of FIRST North Carolina, “FIRST is helping to fill the workforce pipeline with student who are ready and eager to solve problems and work hard.”
The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds and Annex continues to keep community entertainment a priority. In addition to the Classic Country Concert series the Fairgrounds will also host the Moscow Festival Ballet on Mother’s Day May 13, Newsboys in Concert April 12, Sawyer Brown May 12, Colt Ford in Concert on July 6, and so much more.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org
About FIRST® North Carolina
A state-wide nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that every student in North Carolina has access to participate in one of the four FIRST programs. With support from companies such as Qualcomm, TE Connectivity, Duke Energy and United Technologies Aerospace Systems, FIRST North Carolina engages almost 10,000 students across the state. To learn more about FIRST North Carolina, go to www.firstnorthcarolina.org
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