UW-Milwaukee will welcome 30 robotics teams from high schools around the state this week to vie for a top spot in a tournament based around robots they have designed and constructed.
The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Wisconsin Championship, running Friday and Saturday, will feature teams of 14 to 18 year olds who, under the guidance of professional mentors, have used real-world math and science concepts to create their own robots and solve a designated challenge.
Teams, composed of a maximum of 10 students, design, build and direct robots through motors, controllers, wireless communications, metal gears and sensors on a special field. This year’s challenge requires each team and its robot try to score more points than an opposing team by placing plastic blocks into pendulum goals.
According to FIRST organizers, “Teams will be challenged to raise their team alliance flag up a flagpole, raise their robots off the ground using a platform pull-up bar, and end the match with a balanced pendulum to earn extra points.”
Championship winners will enter into one of four Super-Regional Championship Tournaments in an attempt to qualify for the FTC World Championship in St. Louis, Mo.
The series of competitions challenge students to apply concepts from the classroom to the real world and also expose them to career paths in science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM fields – at an early age.
“We wholeheartedly support this remarkable competition as it introduces students to the thrill of creative problem solving – a key element of engineering that can lead to tremendous success,” said Brett Peters, dean of the UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science.
The FIRST Tech Challenge Wisconsin Championship will be held in the UWM Student Union Ballroom, located at 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. in Milwaukee. The competition is free and open to the public for viewing. FIRST organizers expect an audience of at least 400 members. For more information about the championship, click here.