Turkish Team 2905, did a great job and were ‘Great Ambassadors’ for the Country of Turkey at the Regional Competition. The award they received was the Judge’s award.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be.
The 2009 season was about 2,000 students form 64 teams. 49 of those teams are from Washington; another 15 come from states as far away as New Hampshire, and even countries, like Turkey. All teams was playing this year’s game named “Lunacy” for the first time- picture a game of dodge ball on the moon with zero gravity. Each team received a common kit of parts made up of motors, batteries, a control system, and a mix of automation components – but no instructions. They had six weeks to design and built robots to meet this year’s engineering challenge.
The Judge’s Award went to Darulsafaka Highschool Robotics Team who impressed the Judge’s with Gracious Professionalism and showed great Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with their Robot at the 2009 Microsoft Seattle Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at KeyArena.
“Their dance attire, pit decorations, gifts for teams, communication with other teams, and attitudes impressed many veteran teams. The Sultan’s though new at all this, had the attitude of a Team who has been doing FIRST Robotics Competition for many years” they say…
FIRST redefines winning for these students because they are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last.
The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals.
What is unique about the FRC program?
It is a sport where the participants play with the pros and learn from them
Designing and building a robot is a fascinating real-world professional experience
Competing on stage brings participants as much excitement and adrenaline rush as conventional varsity tournaments
The game rules are a surprise every year
That is the goal of the entire organization: To give hands on engineering, design, and technology experience to high school students across the region.
For more information on FIRST Robotics teams and competitions go to www.usfirst.org