Ballston Spa High School Team 3044 Heads to 2014 FIRST Robotics Meet at RPI

Team Photo - Winners - WPI - 3-2013

Members of the Ballston Spa High School FIRST Robotics Team 3044, OxBe4, won the 2013 FIRST Regional Tournament, held March 7 – 9 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus in Worcester, MA. A total of 42 teams competed. Photo courtesy of BSCSD.

TROY – More than 40 members of the Ballston Spa High School FIRST Robotics Team 3044, OxBE4, will join students from throughout the Capital District at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s campus in Troy Saturday, Jan. 4 to learn the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Game and begin this year’s competitive season.

Over the next six weeks, students from FIRST Robotics teams in area schools and communities will strategize, design, build and test a robot to meet this year’s challenge and prepare for this season’s competitions.

After the announcement of the 2014 FRC Game on Saturday, the teams will break out into groups and begin developing strategies for the game. Veteran teams from Albany, Colonie and Shenendehowa will also lead a demonstration on how to begin to build a robot.  Teams participating in the “quick build” using the kit of parts they received will leave in the afternoon with a good start for a robot.

Interest in robotics is growing in the Capital District.  The number of teams has grown from three teams just a few years ago to more than 11 teams, including rookie teams from Cambridge and Troy this year.

This will be the first year that a regional competition will be held in the Capital District.  Many of the teams attending the kickoff event will return to the RPI campus March 13 – 15 to compete in the New York Tech Valley Regional Competition.

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual competition that challenges high school students, working alongside professional mentors, to construct a robot of their own and compete in the ultimate “Sport for the Mind” that measures the effectiveness of each robot, the power of teamwork and collaboration and “Gracious Professionalism.”

Through their participation in these competitions, students experience the excitement of science, engineering, technology and innovation, and qualify for more than $18 million in college scholarships.

The regional kickoff event is free and open to the public.  The doors at the Darin Communications Center on RPI’s campus in Troy will open at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, and the FRC Game for 2014 will be revealed at 10:30 a.m.

For information about Team 3044, contact Diane Irwin at the Ballston Spa Central School District by email, [email protected] or call (518) 884-7150. For information about the annual challenge and FIRST Robotics, visit http://www.usfirst.org/.

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