Girl Power: Student-Made Bots Break Down Gender Barriers in Science and Engineering Competition [Slide Show]

Dean Kamen's FIRST robotics program celebrates 20 years of turning education into an arena sport
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The Pyrobots from Tottenville High School in Staten Island, N.Y., test their bot's mechanical arm in the pit area between matches.....[ More ]


The StuyPulse team from Stuyvesant High School in New York City won the competition's Excellence in Design Award.....[ More ]


Members of East Side High School in Newark, N.J., work on team FRESH 's bot in between rounds.....[ More ]


Team Under Control from Marista Pio XII High School traveled all the way from Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, to compete.....[ More ]


The Wolverines from South Queens Boys and Girls Club in South Richmond Hill, N.Y., prepare their bot for the next round.....[ More ]


The Aperture team from Newton High School in N.J. take a break from competing to examine their bot.....[ More ]


The Robodogs team from Long Island City High School in Queens, N.Y., competed in their fourth New York regional FTC.....[ More ]


The Cyber-Crusades from Lansdale Catholic High School traveled from Pennsylvania to compete in the New York regional FTC and won the event's Innovation in Control Award, which recognized their innovative approach to the system that enabled their robot to execute a planned sequence of motions.....[ More ]


The Bronx High School of Science also sent the SciBorgs team (in addition to the Fe Maidens) to the New York City regional FTC.....[ More ]


Teams received an even bigger bonus during each match's final 20 seconds if they could deploy a minibot from their main robot that could climb one of four three-meter poles located toward the center of the floor.....[ More ]


Each match consisted of six teams split into two alliances (red or blue). After a 15-second period at the beginning of each match when the robots operated autonomously, teams used joysticks to control their bots.....[ More ]


This year's New York City FRC featured 66 teams from across the globe competing in a game called Logo Motion. The objective was to design and build a robot that could pick up inflatable game pieces about a meter in the diameter and hang them on pegs protruding from walls on either side of the 8.2- by 16.4-meter playing floor.....[ More ]


Teams had to use their robots to hang game pieces (inflatable tubes in the shapes of circles, squares and triangles) on pegs as high as three meters from the floor. Here, the robot designed, built and operated by the Falcon Robotics team from Saint Joseph's High School in Metuchen, N.J., hangs a white circle.....[ More ]


At the beginning of each match, the robots were lined up near the center of the playing floor. Once the match began yellow "über tubes" were thrown into the arena where the robots were supposed to snatch them up and hang them on pegs.....[ More ]

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