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FIRST® Robotics 2019 Challenge Kickoff

By on January 30, 2019
Greece Gladiator Team 1591 at Spencerport High School for the Challenge Kickoff.

Greece Gladiator Team 1591 at Spencerport High School for the Challenge Kickoff.

The 2019 FIRST® Robotics Kickoff event was held on January 5, 2019 at Spencerport High School. Greece Gladiators Team 1591 was among the more than 800 students and mentors from 35 area teams who attended this important beginning of the FIRST® season for 2019.

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

The 2019 FIRST® Robotics kick-off event occurred simultaneously around the world so that all teams received the FIRST® game challenge for the season at the same time. At 10:30 a.m., a video was shown unveiling the challenge, and the season began with a rookie build occurring at Spencerport High School.

The challenge this year is called Deep Space. Teams will race to complete a rocket by placing hatch covers and cargo. They also can place hatch cover and cargo on their cargo ship located in the middle of the field. Finally, teams will try to climb to the highest step in the end game. To view the challenge video go to https://youtu.be/Mew6G_og-PI.

Greece Gladiators Team 1591 consists of over 34 students from the four area Greece High Schools and two high school technology teachers from the Greece School District. The program offers a place for students interested in engineering, computer programming, computer aided drawing (design), hands-on mechanical work, marketing and promotions and leadership roles.

The four seniors on the front cover of this months GreeceNewsNY.com (l-r): Ilker Bilgen, Benjamin Tuttle, John Caputo and Aidan McMurray, were asked their opinions of the Robotics program and responded, “Robotics has helped me see how engineering is used in everyday life,” Bilgen said. “Robotics is more than a club it is a lifestyle,” Tuttle said. “Robotics is the future and I want to be part of that future,” Caputo said. “Robotics has inspired me and I hope that is inspires others,” McMurray said. All four students received scholarships and will be attending RIT in the fall for Computer  Science.

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Photos by Karen Fien

Seniors (l-r): Ilker Bilgen, Benjamin Tuttle, John Caputo and Aidan McMurray pictured with their robot.

Seniors (l-r): Ilker Bilgen, Benjamin Tuttle, John Caputo and Aidan McMurray pictured with their robot.

Greece Gladiator Team 1591 at Spencerport High School for the Challenge Kickoff.

Greece Gladiator Team 1591 at Spencerport High School for the Challenge Kickoff.