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Bowling robots, competing robots, dancing robots...What will they be able to do next? That’s what high school students set out to discover in the FIRST Tech Challenge competition, which will hold a preliminary workshop on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Putnam Northern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Yorktown from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The FIRST Tech Challenge, a robotics competition for high school students, had more than 2,000 teams participate last year. Students in FTC design and build a robot using aluminum, polycarbonate, motors and servos, sensors, and a variety of other materials. Challenged with a new game each year, teams play a series of matches. Awards are given in a variety of categories of achievement, and the best teams are invited to the World Championship to be held in St. Louis, Missouri, in late April.
The workshop will feature tutorials on programming as well as provide the full competition field for teams to practice and share ideas.
Hosting the FIRST Tech Challenge workshop is just one of many BOCES’ Tech Center initiatives aimed at supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in the Hudson Valley region. Last spring, BOCES hosted a STEM forum aimed at bringing leaders of business, industry, education and government together to promote STEM education and careers.