Wayzata High School’s FIRST Robotics program is sending students to compete at the regional FIRST Robotics Competition April 2-4 at Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota.
FIRST, which stands for “For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is one of the programs offered at WHS as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) course that focuses on application and hands-on learning to generate enthusiasm in these areas of the curriculum.
The students in the program were challenged to build a robot in a six-week time-frame using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. This year’s game challenge is FIRST Lunacy, in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission. The challenge pits teams against each other in a two minute, 15 second match. To score, the student robots must pick up and place balls called “moon rocks” into the trailers towed by opposing team robots.
The competition begins April 3 at 9:30 a.m. at Williams Arena and continues with the playoffs on Saturday. Admission to the competition for spectators is free. For more information, visit the following Web site: www.mnfirstregional.org/regional/eventagenda.html.
Images courtesy Wayzata High School.