The Upper School teams competed in the Northern VA FIRST Tech Challenge.
The St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School robotics teams had a great time competing in the Northern Virginia Qualifier for FIRST Tech Challenge on November 17. Our teams Thunderstone (6010) and Iron Giants (10442) competed with nearly 50 other teams from the area in Orange, Virginia. The day was packed with competitions, interviews, judging, scouting reports, helping other teams, collaboration, and fixing their robots! FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit, volunteer-driven organization founded in 1989.
During the competition, teams were judged based upon robot design, robot performance, an interview, strategy of play, functionality, efficiency and creativity of the robot design, and thoroughness of the engineering notebook. Team Thunderstone was part of the winning alliance and received the 2nd place Think Award (given to the team that best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season) and the 2nd place Innovate Award (given to the team that has the most innovative and creative robot design solution to the field elements). In addition, team Iron Giants won the 1st place Think Award.
There were lots of great ideas generated at the competition. These will help our students to improve their designs for their future competitions and beyond! GO SAINTS!