The first FRC® event was attended by roughly 1,000 local high school students as 33 teams of about 30 students each competed in a robotics game similar to soccer. The students built and programmed robots capable of collecting balls and delivering them to goals. Students then competed in a tournament-style bracket to determine the best-built robot.
In addition to a trip to the National FIRST® Robotics Competition in Atlanta, GA, for the top six placing teams, students were also awarded scholarships and prizes in the categories of: design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and partnership-building.
The first annual competition was made possible by FIRST®, the national organization that encourages young students to pursue careers in engineering and technology. The competition was organized as part of a National Science Foundation Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant awarded to the University of Utah’s School of Computing and theDepartment of Mechanical Engineering. The competition was also sponsored by NASA, Platt Electric in Salt Lake City, and the Micron Foundation.
Register at: http://www.utfrc.utah.edu/registration