NEWARK, Ohio, Dec. 4, 2017 - For the third consecutive year, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark are sponsoring the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Regional Ohio Competition. The event will be held in the campus’s John Gilbert Reese Center, 1209 University Dr., Newark, on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. The tournament is free and members of the public who are interested in learning about FIRST robotics programs for youth are encouraged to attend.
Twenty-four teams from Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Kentucky will compete in the FTC tournament, in which teams of students in grades 7-12 design, build, program and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students practice engineering principles while realizing the value of hard work, innovation and sharing ideas. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.
During this year’s challenge, Relic Recovery, robots will score points by transferring relics to the recovery zone, retrieve jewels, balance on the balancing stones, perform autonomous tasks and navigate to specific parts of the playing field. This is the only FTC tournament held in central Ohio; five teams will advance to the FTC Ohio State Championship in Cincinnati on February 16 and 17, 2018.
Teams are judged in the morning on their robot design process, engineering notebook, software design and outreach. Judging in the morning is closed to the public. Public events begin at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony and continue with qualification rounds at 10:30 a.m. After a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m., robot rounds continue at 1 p.m., followed by alliance selection at 3 p.m. and elimination rounds at 3:30 p.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m.
FIRST is a world-wide non-profit organization with robotics programs for grades K-12. Information regarding all of FIRST’s programs can be found at https://www.firstinspires.org/.