By Joe Reavis
Wylie East High School recently hosted young designers and builders of robots for an area FIRST Tech Challenge.
The event was held Saturday, Feb. 10, in the school gymnasiums and attracted 48 teams looking to advance to super regional and world competitions. WEHS engineering instructor Jacob Day reported that homeschool and public school students competed.
Top teams earned the right to advance to the super regional tournament for 12 states to be held in Athens, Ga., and ultimately the world tournament in Houston.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire interest and participation in science and technology. The organization now includes more than 500,000 students worldwide who have created more than 44,700 robots.
In the FIRST Tech Challenge hosted by WEHS, teams operated their robots in head-to-head challenges to grasp and move objects within an enclosed course. The scenario for the challenge was to collect ancient artifacts in an archeological site.