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Robotics 2021 FIRST Competition

2021 FIRST Competition
The anticipated January 9th date of the 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition Season couldn’t come soon enough for the CSH Robotics team. Mr. Carlos Rey-Martin, who has two sons in the club, has served as a mentor for the past three years (along with approximately ten other mentors), and took over as Head Coach and advisor this year. The 40+ member club (grades 7-12) has been meeting each week all fall, anxious for the big FIRST reveal on January 9th. The club has been cleaning up and reviving the 2020 robot, ordering parts, registering, and choosing administrative roles for all the participants. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the robot teams will not be participating in live challenges this year but will compete virtually with remote and hybrid learning. This year’s innovation challenge is entitled “Game Changers,” powered by Star Wars: Force for Change. Students must design a solution, build a business model, and deliver a pitch to compete with other FIRST Robotics teams for judged awards. Students will participate in workshops and receive mentorship from experts. Teams will compete virtually in the Skills Challenge, illustrating their robot’s technical qualities. Kickoff Kits were shipped, the Game Changers concept was announced…and they’re off! The FIRST Robotics competition is an international high school competition which kicks off a six-week period each January to build a 125-pound robot capable of competing in the challenge put forth. FIRST is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future, and it stands for: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, founded by Dean Kamen in 1989. (Mr. Kamen is a native of Rockville Centre, and an American inventor who created the Segway.) Good luck CSH Robotics Club!