It’s a robot revolution on the PLV Campus this weekend as high school students bring their homemade robots out to compete at the Third Annual Hudson Valley FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Championship Tournament on January 29.
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, Bowled Over, will feature teams completing various tasks, including scoring racquetballs into stackable crates and moving bowling balls to different places on the field to try to score the most points.
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 World Championship to be held in St. Louis in April.
Check out a video from last year’s robotics tournament. This event is free and open to the public.