Our FIRST Tech Challenge Team, RoboTech 8003 won the CONNECT award at the Batavia Regional. Winners of the Connect Award have done a great deal of community outreach not only to spread the word about FIRST but specifically to include engineers, scientists, and other technology professionals into their outreach efforts. This creates connections between teams, FIRST, and the professional world that can last years beyond their participation in FTC. Connect Award winners also develop and execute plans to fund their team including clear goals and objectives – including how they can give back to their community in the future. Here is what the judges had to say about our team: This Northern Illinois team has organized itself as a formal association and as a result will be enabled to connect to every school in its community through its district. Their robot was born on Mount Olympus. It is named after Apollo’s twin sister.
Congratulations also to M-Fusion, a local home based team, who won the PTC Design Award. The intent of this award is to expand the challenge, inspiring teams to incorporate industrial design into their robots. These elements can be shown in the simplicity of the design as it applies to the tasks, the look and feel of the robot, and how the design allows us to think of robots in new ways. The Design aspects must serve a function – but they should also differentiate the robot in a unique fashion – not an easy task with a limited set of parts and game challenge. Here is what the judges had to say about M-Fusion: For the design award we had to think hard about our candidates. Their knowledge of CAD software made us googly eyed. When this team could not find off the shelf components to suit their robots needs they printed them instead.
M-Fusion also qualified to compete in the State Championship on February 22 at Illinois Institute of Technology.