FIRST Robotics Teams Rumble at Smoky Mountain Regional
Several East Tennessee teams picked up honors at the 2nd Annual Smoky Mountains Regional of the FIRST Robotics Competition over the weekend.
You can see the robots in action here. In the competition, teams design, build, and operate robots against teams from other schools.
Hardin Valley Academy’s team picked up honors for the Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by Delphi for their basketball playing robot. Oak Ridge High School won the rookie of the year award and the team from Rogersville was a regional finalist.
“FIRST is a great way to showcase what a STEM education is all about to the entire community. These students are working hands-on with science and putting together the skillset many of our employers are looking for right here in East Tennessee,” Jennifer Evans, the Knoxville Chamber’s vice president of workforce development and education said.
The three regional champions expected to go on to nationals are:
For more on the competition, check out FIRST Robotics’ Tennessee website: www.tnfirst.org