Local high school robotics teams will build a robot for an international competition

Purdue University hosted a 2019 FIRST Robotics Challenge kick off for local high school students

Posted: Jan 5, 2019 9:59 PM
Updated: Jan 5, 2019 11:41 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Local high school students in the FIRST Robotics Program will use these next six weeks to build a robot.

Students from Tippecanoe County and Cass County high school's gathered in Purdue’s Lawson Computer Science Building to watch the 2019 FIRST Robotics Challenge kick off video announcing the challenge for FIRST’s robotics competition game this year. This year's theme is "Destination: Deep Space." 

FIRST is an organization geared towards elementary to high school students. It gives them an opportunity to gain science and technology skills.

Vice President of Purdue's FIRST Program, Kyle Heaton said the skills learned go beyond analytics.

“The tools that you develop of working with literal tools or knowing how to talk to people, these are things that you can transfer into a work force position,” said Heaton.

This year’s game has brought a challenge teams have never seen before. It’s requiring teams to temporarily drive their robots without seeing it.

“I was a driver last year so seeing the sand storm challenge of like not being able to see for like part of your driving is like super exciting because you can really kind of showcase your abilities by using the camera at the same time,” said Liz Jones, President of the 1747 Robotics Team at Harrison high school.

Many students are excited to showcase what their team does to overcome the challenges of the game.

“It seems like a very fun theme and a very creative theme for this year and we are gonna do our best to overcome the challenges,” said a robotics team member from Twin Lakes high school.

“We have a ton of freshman so there's a lot of new opportunities that we can really take advantage of,” said Jones.

“I'm extremely excited to see what the different teams come up with, what kind of bots are actually succeeding this year,” said a member of the 1747 Robotics Team at Harrison high school.

The high school teams will compete at a district level. From there is the state competition then the international competition held in Detroit, Michigan.

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