The Robotics team at Brandeis High School made the most of the First Robotics Competition held at Jay High School. At the end of the weekend event, the Broncos punched their golden ticket to the state meet to be in Austin, Texas on April 4-6.
The University Interscholastic League added the robotics competition as a pilot program in 2015 and in 2018 it became an official event.
The robotics competition is held in partnership with FIRST a nonprofit organization tasked with advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
Members of the robotics team construct a 120 pound robot capable of navigating through an obstacle course and complete tasks to earn points for the team.
Early exposure to hands-on learning and STEM education is one of the best ways to engage students and ultimately set them on a long-term path for success in college and a career of their choice. Robotics programming allows students to receive exposure to real-life problem solving in a competitive, fun environment.
Students in all grades have the opportunity to participate in the contest. K-4 grade students participate in the FIRST LEGO League Jr.; Grades 4-8 FIRST LEGO League; Grades 7-12 FIRST Tech Challenge; and grades 9-12 FIRST Robotics Competition.
FIRST Robotics offers students in grades 9-12 to work alongside professional engineers; build and compete with a robot; and use sophisticated hardware and software.
Students perfect skills in developing design, project management, programming, teamwork, strategic thinking, and cooperation.
Colleges and universities offer exclusive scholarships to students involved in the contest.
This year, the theme is Destination: Deep Space. Team members must navigate through sandstorms, unpredictable terrain and weather to outfit their rockets and cargo ships. Robots are also used to add cargo to the ships.