ECE News Story
UMD to Host 2015 FIRST Robotics Regional Competition
The University of Maryland and FIRST will host the 2015 Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) April 2-4, 2015, at the XFINITY Center on the university’s College Park, Md., campus. More than 1,000 high school students from Maryland, around the United States, and from three other countries will go head-to-head to secure a spot in the international competition.
Each January, FIRST, a non-profit organization aimed at inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders, kicks off the competition season by announcing a new game to be played at 56 regional competitions around the world. Teams receive a kit of common parts that are used to build the core systems of a robot. Students work with hundreds of components, including programmable radio controllers, motors, electrical circuitry and mechanical parts, to build and program their robot for the competition. The teams have six weeks to conceptualize, design, and build a robot before entering a regional competition. Winners from each of the regional competitions will go on to compete at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Mo., at the end of April.
This year's game, Recycle RushSM, is played by Alliances of three teams each who compete to stack as many totes and cap them with recycling containers as possible within a two and a half minute match. Points are earned based on the height of stacks capped by recycling containers and teamwork between robots. In 2013, Team Illusion 4464, a FIRST Robotics Competition team comprised of middle and high school students from Maryland and mentored by Clark School of Engineering students, advanced to the FIRST Championship.
The Chesapeake Regional FRC is open to the public Thursday, April 2 through Saturday, April 4. Teams will spend most of April 2 preparing, while the competition will take place April 3 and 4. UMD’s A. James Clark School of Engineering Dean and Farvardin Professor, Dr. Darryll Pines, will deliver remarks and help kick off the competition events at 8:30 am on April 3. Participating Chesapeake Regional FRC students will have the opportunity to learn more about the University of Maryland and the engineering programs available through the Technology Lounge at the event.
Guests are encouraged to register for the FIRST Stop program to see the competition action up close, meet the teams, and learn more about K-12 FIRST programs.
March 30, 2015