The U.S. Space & Rocket is hosting the 2019 FIRST Robotics Kick-Off event Saturday, Jan. 5, from 9-11 a.m., at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration.
Around 400 students are participating in this event in which they will receive the “Kit of Parts” needed to build, design and test a functioning robot. In six weeks, teams will compete with their completed robots in district and regional competitions in March and April to qualify for the national championship to be held in late April.
Representatives of the Rocket Center’s Space Camp Robotics program will also have a robotics demonstration and information on the program for students ages 9-14.
FIRST Robotics is a national robotic competition for students in grades 9-12, and this year 45 teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas are registered to participate. Each year, the FIRST Robotics game is changed, adding new levels of complexity to challenge students. The theme for 2019, the 30th year of the FIRST competition, is "Destination: Deep Space."
Local teams include Rockets of the Limestone County Career Technical Center; Dragon Slayers of Arab High School; Falcon Engineering of Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tenn.; Mech Tech, of A.P. Brewer High School in Sommerville; Mad Rockers of Bob Jones and James Clemens High Schools in Madison; Grissom Robotics of Grissom High School, Cyber Jagzz of Huntsville High School; Redstone Robotics of Lee and New Century High Schools and Golden Hurricanes of Columbia High School in Huntsville; and Rad Robotics, comprised of Madison city homeschooled students.
FIRST, which stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology," is a national organization founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen in Manchester, New Hampshire, to inspire young people to pursue careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. NASA and its Robotics Alliance Project provide grants for high school teams and support for FIRST Robotics competitions around the country to address the critical national shortage in these fields.
For more information about FIRST programs and competitions, visit: http://www.firstinspires.org.
NASA Marshall to Host FIRST Robotics Kick-Off Event Jan. 6 at U.S. Space & Rocket Center; Media Invited
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U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Last Updated: Apr 5, 2018
Editor: Lee Mohon
More than 400 area students are expected to attend the 2018 FIRST Robotics Kick-Off event Jan. 6, from 9-11 a.m., at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The event, to be held in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, is hosted by the Rocket Center, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
At least 1,300 students on 50 teams competed in a game called "First Steamworks."
Author: Christina Ailsworth
Published: 4:05 PM CDT March 24, 2017
Updated: 7:54 PM CDT March 31, 2017
An eventful start to the weekend for hundreds of high school students.
Friday, at the Von Braun Center, robotics teams from across the country participated in the First Robotics Competition Rocket City Regional.
At least 1,300 students on 50 teams competed in a game called “First Steamworks.”
The teams earned points when their robots picked up and delivered balls of “Fuel” into what’s called a boiler.
“This competition is a lot of real world problem-solving. So it gives you a lot of insight about how to approach a problem, how to work together with your teammates, ” said Matin Mirramezani, a senior at Grissom High School.
This is the second year Huntsville has hosted the robotics competition. See the event schedule here.
Two international teams were also featured in the competition, a team from Canada and a team from the Dominican Republic.
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is a supporter of the “Rocket City Regional.”
For the second year in a row, robots return to Huntsville for a regional FIRST Robotics Competition March 24-25 in the South Hall of the Von Braun Center. The FIRST Robotics Competition's "Rocket City Regional" is sponsored by NASA and supported by the Marshall Space Flight Center.
Nearly 1,300 high-school students on 50 teams from 10 states, Canada and the Dominican Republic will compete in a new robotics game called "FIRST STEAMWORKS." Two big, mechanical airships from the bygone era when technology relied on steam power will be positioned on the competition field, and three-team alliances called "adventure clubs" must prepare their airships for an imaginary, long-distance race.
The Redstone Robotics team of Huntsville's Lee and New Century Tech Demo High Schools work during the "Rocket City Regional" FIRST Robotics Competition at the Von Braun Center in 2016. The 2017 Rocket City Regional will be held at the VBC March 24-25.
Credits: NASA/MSFC/Ryan Connelly
Teams will earn points when their robots pick up and deliver balls of "fuel," toss them into their airship's steam boilers, retrieve and deliver gears that drive the airship's fanciful rotors and even climb aboard to be ready for liftoff by the end of each two-and-a-half-minute round. The robots must operate autonomously from pre-programmed instructions for the first 15 seconds, after which operators will take over to continue scoring points -- and to defend their club against the competition.
Marshall is also among the sponsors for two "house" teams in this year's Rocket City Regional -- The "Golden Hurricane" from Columbia High School in Huntsville, and the "Mech Tech" team comprised of students from the five high schools in Morgan County, Alabama.
Other Huntsville-area schools competing in the Rocket City Regional include "Redstone Robotics" of Huntsville's Lee and New Century Tech Demo High Schools; "Grissom Robotics" of Grissom High School in Huntsville; "Cyber Jagzz" of Mae Jemison High School in Huntsville; "Mad Rockers" of Bob Jones and James Clemens High Schools in Madison; "Twisted Gears" of East Limestone High School in Athens; "Rockets" from Limestone County Area Vocational Technical School; "Dragon Slayers" of Arab High School; and "Falcon Engineering and Robotics" of Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tennessee.
Opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m., with qualification matches starting at 9 a.m. March 24-25. The March 24 awards ceremony will begin at 5:45 p.m., while the March 25 awards ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, with hands-on educational activities provided by sponsors and exhibitors.
The FIRST -- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology -- Robotics Competition is a worldwide program for students in grades 9-12 that inspires the next generation of explorers to pursue careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. More than 83,000 students on over 3,300 teams worldwide joined the 2017 FIRST Robotics kickoff events live on the internet in January. FIRST also offers the LEGO League, LEGO League Jr. and Tech Challenge programs for younger age groups.
In January, each team received an identical kit of parts and was given a six-week deadline to design, build and test a robot, with the help of adult mentors. District and regional competitions are then held across the country during March and April, providing teams a chance to qualify for the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship events at Houston and St. Louis in April.
NASA and its Robotics Alliance Project provide grants for high school teams and support for FIRST Robotics Competition in an effort to address the critical national shortage of students pursuing STEM careers.
For Rocket City Regional event information, click here.
By Bob Gathany | firstname.lastname@example.org
Huntsville city schools honored Dr. Mae Jemison by naming a very beautiful new high school located at 5000 Pulaski Pike in Huntsville after her. Tuesday morning, Aug. 2 2016, Dr. Jemison cut the ribbon on the new 9-12 school that will also offer students an opportunity to complete up to 60 hours of college credit while still in high school.
The new campus will offer students the opportunity to concentrate on cyber security studies and advanced manufacturing techniques using a 3-D titanium printer. This high tech school will have keycard access doors, high def security and a tornado shelter in the gym.
"Just as for so many people, high school was critical to the person I am today. With the state-of-the-art facilities and the dedicated, skilled teachers and administrators I believe the commitment that Huntsville has made by building a school like Jemison High School will serve as a model to other educators and school systems to create a first-rate education for today's students."
"My pledge is, I will work with the administrators and school board to help in any way I can... because you can't just come to a school named for you, show up at the ribbon cutting and walk away..."
Dr. Jemison is a former astronaut, a physician, an entrepreneur and educator. She is the principal of 100 Year Starship, offering a unique experimental curriculum that challenges high school students to solve current global dilemmas.
Dr. Jemison, who was born in Decatur, Ala., studied chemical engineering at Stanford University and obtained a medical degree form Cornell University. She spent time in Sierra Leone and Liberia as a Peace Corps Medical Officer. In 1987, Dr. Jemison was selected by NASA for the astronaut training program and flew in 1992 on space shuttle Endeavour as a science mission specialist. She was the first African-American woman travel in space.
She has set a high bar for the students of Jemison High School. Her achievements should inspire and motivate students in the Huntsville School system to avail themselves of the opportunities offered at her namesake high school.
Edited 8/3/16 to correct address.