Business Council member Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) hosted the New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, last week. The program challenged high school students to use STEM skills to design and build a robot that competed against each other.
Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., Business Council president and CEO, joined RPI President Shirley Ann Jackson and Elliott Masie, CEO of the Masie Center and General Electric Global Research Director Mark Little (pictured) to help the more than 1,000 high school students attending cheer on the teams and encourage them to pursue their math and science skills.
Several Business Council members, RPI, GE, National Grid, Time Warner Cable, and Global Foundries, sponsored the competition.
The Finger Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will be held next week at Business Council member, the Rochester Institute of Technology and similar competitions will be held next week in New York City and on Long Island.
The Business Council supports and promotes FIRST Robotics as part of our education and workforce development initiative.
The Business Council of New York State is promoting the varsity Sport for the MindTM, the First Robotics Competition (FRC). FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Teams of high school students are challenged to design, build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Organizers describe FRC as being “as close to real-world engineering as a student can get.” According to the FRC website, “Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team ‘brand,’ hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.”
Two Business Council members — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rochester Institute of Technology are hosting regional competitions in March. Other competitions will take place regionally.
At these regional competitions the objective will be to get the robot to carry a 2 ft. ball from one end of the field to the other, passing the ball from one robot to the next.
In addition to learning from building a robot, the students learn the importance of working together as part of a team.
Businesses can support teams with mentors, coaches or sponsorships. If you would like to get involved please contact The Business Council.
If you would like to read more about what students in the Capital Region are doing to get ready for the RPI competition, you can read reporter Andrew Bream’s story about the competition in the Troy Record.