A Project Fibonacci FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team, comprised of Strough Middle School students, will compete Saturday at an FTC Clarkson University Qualifier event Saturday in Potsdam.
FIRST refers to For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.
The Project Fibonacci Foundation, Inc., Carbone Auto Group and SRC, Inc. have joined forces to sponsor the FIRST Team 15651 Lord of the Pings, according to the foundation.
Team members include Strough students Aiyana Day, Cooper Engelbert, Caden Giardino, Caleb Giardino and Cole Brazinski. Team coaches and mentors include Zachary Goldsmith, Michael Betro and Andrew Burger, who said that despite the team only being formed in November, it has made tremendous strides in robot design and construction.
FIRST involves students in grades 7-12 and challenges them to use modular metal building components or fabricated custom parts to build robots, based on engineering principles.
The students also document the processes, learn the programming language JAVA, and generate code that controls their robots for an autonomous portion of the competitive match, said the foundation.
The students will compete in “Rover Ruckus,” a space-themed mission designed by Qualcomm, in which two coalition teams are challenged to manipulate their robots to accomplish certain objectives while competing against two other teams. Teams earn points when their robots successfully accomplish an objective. Four robots are on the field during each timed competitive event.
Project Fibonacci is a Rome-based non-profit educational organization dedicated to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) education as a catalyst for workforce preparedness and economic growth.