The team’s first competition was March 4-5, where the team was able to prove themselves enough to be selected as part of a finals alliance out of 30 other teams, despite some tough qualifying rounds. That’s stupendous and really shows that score isn’t the only factor. They will take the lessons learned from this match and make adjustments to the robot and their strategy. While Curtis and the other mentors have tried to help influence the students in the direction they think might be most helpful throughout the season, the students on this team have developed a strong sense of their own goals and how best to achieve them. Sometimes they’re right and sometimes not, which means we all learn from each other! The next match is March 24-25 at Perry Meridian. Visit http://www.indianafirst.org/2017-perry-meridian for more details.
Indiana is one of the leading states in FIRST and the robots can be among some of the best in the nation. FIRST also has programs that extend all the way down to age 6 using LEGOs as the building material. There are many scholarships exclusive to participants of FIRST programs at all levels. It’s a terrific way for kids to get the needed life experience they will need to succeed no matter where their lives take them.