4/1/2014 3:19:00 PM Petoskey Middle School Robotics team headed to regional championship
The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) North Super Regional Championship will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014-Saturday, April 5, 2014 at The University of Iowa, Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Seventy-two teams will compete for an opportunity to advance to the FTC World Championship which will be in St. Louis in April.
Out of the over 830 registered FTC teams in the North Region (Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and West Virginia) the top 72 will be competing at the FTC North Super Regional Championship. Each team consists of up to 20 students in grades 7-12 in which the students work with adult coaches and mentors, to do hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning and develop 21st Century skills by designing, programming and building a robot. The teams and robots then work together to compete in matches.
Petoskey Middle School Team #5411 (Geeks, Gears & Gadgets) will attend this event in Iowa City. The team of 20 7th and 8th graders was divided into four groups in the process of getting their robot ready for competition. They have a Design Team, a Build Team, a Programming Team and a Media Team. After the G3 Robot was built, the team worked on other tasks including community outreach & fundraising which helped raise money for travel and expenses to support their efforts. They were particularly successful with their efforts in "Crowd funding", which brought a new awareness of the team's financial needs by tapping into a broader audience through social media. This type of internet fundraising turned out to be very well received by the local community, who shared the G3 story on Facebook and Twitter. In a short time the Team reached a new level of followers who gave generously.
One of the biggest challenges they had was hosting the FTC Michigan State Qualifying Tournament. In early December G3 hosted 15 Teams from all over the state of Michigan. Seven Teams advanced to the State Championships in Marshall Michigan. G3 was successful in Marshall, winning the State Championship and a spot to go to the Iowa FTC Super Regionals. Along with winning, they were awarded the coveted "FTC Judges Award"
To see more of FTC Team #5411, and its accomplishments, visit http://www.g3robotics.org.
For more information about the FTC North Super Regional, visit http://www.ftcnorth.org.