The ROBOTS are Coming, the ROBOTS are Coming!

FIRST Robotics Competition Team Cherokke HS, at the competition.

FIRST Robotics Competition Team Cherokee HS, Rogersville, TN at the competition.

 30 high school robots teams competed this spring at the 4th annual FIRST Robotics Smoky Mountain Regional in Knoxville, TN . The teams spend 6 weeks preparing their ‘bots to take on the challenge presented for the event. I was fortunate to visit teh Dobyns Bennett Team one cold winter Friday night just prior to their deadline. The classroom space was humming with losts of activity. Building, testing, recording information, constructing pieces. Everyone was engaged and enjoying the team building.

FIRST Robotics Team photo at competition

FIRST Robotics Team from Sullivan South HS, Kingsport, TN  photo at competition

 This year at our Mini Maker Faire we will have 3 local teams bringing their robots back to demonstrate to event attendees. It may turn into a mini rematch!

FIRST Robotics Competition Team  Dobyns Bennett HS, KIngsport , TN  Cyber Tribe

FIRST Robotics Competition Team Dobyns Bennett HS, KIngsport , TN Cyber Tribe

Additionally the local hackerspace – Mountain Lab is working with the Kingsport Library to build Sumo wrestling robots. 20+ spaces for the workshop filled up overnight when the opportunity was publicized. We will see their handiwork too.

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