Continuing a 19-year tradition, local high school FIRST® Robotics teams, The Miracle Workerz of Wilmington, Del., and The LUNATECS from Carneys Point will host 30 Mid-Atlantic teams, who are part of the FIRST Robotics Competition on Saturday, October 19th for the Duel on the Delaware. The annual pre-season robotics competition will be held in Davidow Hall at Salem Community College in Carneys Point. The competition runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free. Families are encouraged to attend.
The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) brings STEM and sportsmanship together, with indoor field games designed for 120-lb. student-built robots. Destination Deep Space, the 2019 game, requires alliances of three robots to grab and place hatch panels on and cargo (rubber balls) in a cargo ship and rocket on the surface of a remote planet. At the end of the match, robots climb on platforms of varying heights for extra points. Off-season competitions help to introduce new team members to the FIRST competition format, and give the 2019 robots a few last spins on the field before the teams start building for the 2020 season in January.
Robots are built in a six-and-a-half-week timeframe in January and February. Students work alongside technical professionals to design, prototype, build, program, and test industrial-strength robots to complete in the annual FIRST competition. Local district competitions occur in March. Successful regional teams are invited to the World Championship in April, where hundreds of robot teams around the world face off.
The LUNATECs and The Miracle Workerz are in their 22nd and 21st seasons, respectively, of shaping future scientists, engineers, and programmers through robotic competition.