In exactly ONE week the Inaugural UIL Robotics State Championship – FIRST Division will kickoff in Austin, Texas! After three years of working to make #UILRobotics a reality, we are thrilled with the prospect of seeing the very best robotics teams from across the state in action.
The two FIRST® programs competing for the chance to become UIL Robotics State Champions are FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC.) Teams will play the two games from the 2015-2016 season. At the high school level teams will compete in the medieval style FIRST STRONGHOLD℠ (FRC). While teams comprised of middle and/or high school students face the mountain rescue challenge of FIRST Res-Q℠ (FTC).
History will be made when state champions are crowned in this inaugural “sport of the mind.” Spectators will watch robotics teams compete to obtain the highest level of recognition for STEM educational programs in the entire state of Texas.
Other highlights at the 3-day event include:
- University Row: Speak with representatives from STEM friendly colleges
- Get close to the action by joining “Robot Pits” tours given by student ambassadors.
- Enjoy hands-on Interactive displays by the U.S. Air Force, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, FIRST LEGO League demos and more!
Read more about the UIL Robotics Pilot Program – http://www.uiltexas.org/academics/stem/robotics
FIRST in Texas Chair, Ray Almgren and the impact of robotics across the state – http://firstintexas.org/uil
Find local teams to cheer on through qualification matches –http://firstintexas.org/uil/invited-teams
Follow the FIRST in Texas blog and social media channels for more details on the UIL Robotics State Championship – FIRST Division schedule, event hashtag #UILRobotics, live stream links and other resources to help you keep up with the competition in person or at home. As always, all FIRST events are family-friendly, free and open to the public.