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The Next Generation

Robotics team advances to world championship event

SCRANTON, Pa. (April 18, 2017) — The FIRST Tech Challenge G-FORCE Team 2818, a local 4-H GEARS robotics team, recently competed in the East Super Regional Championship at the University of Scranton. 
Seventy-two teams from 16 different states across the Eastern Seaboard competed for a chance to move on to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in St. Louis on April 26-29.
The teams had to give a 15-20-minute technology presentation about their robot design, programming, community outreach, and business plans.
Their engineering notebook, in which the team documents their robot design, community outreach, and business plan, was also judged. 
In addition, each team competed in nine qualifying rounds during the three-day event to determine who would make it to the finals.
The matches consist of a 30-second autonomous period, where the robot uses pre-programmed instructions and sensors to navigate the field and activate certain scoring criteria.
After this period, there is a two-minute driver-controlled period, where drivers are responsible for navigating the robot and scoring.
G-FORCE had one of the most consistent and innovative autonomous modes, winning them the Control Award. This award means that G-FORCE will advance to the World Championships.
The team would like to thank its parents, mentors, sponsors, and the competition volunteers who make these events possible.
G-FORCE would like to invite everyone to the GEARS 4-H Robotic STEM Open House on Sunday, April 23 from 3-5 pm. 
The Open House will be held at the GEARS Center at 116 Industrial Park Drive, in Accident, Md.