Since 2008, Key Tech has mentored local high school FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) teams and demonstrated diverse career paths in engineering-related fields through robot building. This year, Key Tech upped the ante and mentored three different teams: Western High School – Team 2528, Loch Raven High School – Team 3154, and Digital Harbor High School – Team 2546.
This year’s competition was deemed “LogoMotion”, where one objective of the game was to hang inflated tubes onto wall-mounted pegs as high as nine feet. Another objective was to construct and deploy a mini-robot which could climb a ten foot pole. (Watch this video for the official game announcement. Although the build season was hampered by weather-related school closures, all three teams were able to finish construction as a result of the substantial effort put in by the students, teachers, mentors, and parents.
During the Chesapeake Regional competition, our students conversed professionally with the judges and their peers, actively strategized for upcoming matches, and enjoyed the competition experience immensely. It was satisfying to help create an environment where students experienced and actively participated in the development of a real-life engineering project. More importantly, the students had opportunities to engage with engineers on an individual basis and gain plenty of exposure to career choices in engineering. As the 2011 FRC season recently came to a close, watch for even more participation from Key Tech engineers in 2012!