Two Robotics teams from Sheridan County competed in the virtual FIRST Tech Challenge competition on Saturday, April 17.
In the FIRST Tech Challenge teams are required to build a robot and perform tasks that in turn score points. The tasks range from shooting objects, moving objects, and much more.
The teams are also required to create and present an engineering notebook to the judges.
G-R Overdrive, a 4-H based team from Gordon, and Mike’s Dream, a community based team from Hay Springs, each competed. The state of Nebraska does not have a Tech Challenge available for these teams to compete in, so they joined up with Colorado to provide these students with the opportunity.
G-R Overdrive received first place in the Collins Aerospace Innovate Award. The award celebrates a team that thinks outside the box and has the ingenuity, creativity, and inventiveness to make their designs come to life.
Mike’s Team received first place in the Motivate Award. This award is given to a team who makes a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community, and sparks others to embrace the culture of FIRST.
A total of thirty teams competed with only the top ten advancing to the Colorado FIRST State Virtual Competition which will be held on May 1. Both teams from Sheridan County made the cut and will be competing in the State Competition.