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Powering up the Bots (PLV)

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It’s happening. The robots are coming and they’re taking over Pace. On February 8, robots will battle it out in the Goldstein Fitness Center as Seidenberg hosts the FIRST Tech Robotics Tournament in PLV.

It’s a robot revolution in PLV this weekend as high school students bring their homemade robots out to compete at the sixth annual Empire NY FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Championship on Sunday, February 8, in the Goldstein Fitness Center in PLV.

Students in FTC design and build a robot using aluminum, polycarbonate, motors and servos, sensors, and a variety of other materials, and then put their robot to the test in a challenge. This year’s challenge, Cascade Effect, will pit robots against each other, scoring points by achieving certain tasks including placing balls into rolling goals, moving their robots off the platform, knocking over the kickstand and releasing balls into the field of play, and scoring balls into the center goal, with both driver-controlled and autonomous periods.

Inventor, physicist, and entrepreneur Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) “to create a world where science and technology are celebrated... where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes.” This year, 36 teams of future scientists and engineers will bring their brains and their bots out for a morning of challenges in hopes to qualify for the Super-Regional Championship and ultimately the World Championship to be held in St. Louis in April. Plus, each year more than 100 members of the Pace Community, including Seidenberg students, student athletes, faculty, staff, and alumni, volunteer their time to make this event happen. 

This event is free and open to the public. Check out the promo video for this year’s tournament on YouTube.

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