NGCA is proud to have our own Robotics Team this year! The addition of robotics to our school allows students to view the world of engineering up close and personal. Our team, #710, competes in an organization called FIRST which stands for “For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”.
The challenge issued by FIRST this year is called “Hot Shot” and involves an engineering problem in which the students design, build, and program a robot which will complete the challenge assigned. Once the robot is ready, there are many competitions available. Each competition builds upon the next with the first level being a qualifying tournament. Upon winning a qualifying tournament, the team is allowed to participate in the Georgia state tournament held at Southern Polytechnic University. If our team were to be so lucky as to win at Southern Poly, they are qualified to participate at the World Championships held each year at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta! Members of this team have been to the Georgia Dome the past two years in a row! This year’s competition season is upon us and hopefully we will compete in two qualifying tournaments in January and February.
Once the high school robotics team is firmly in place, students in younger grades will be allowed to participate in an NGCA in-house robotics program on a smaller scale with age-appropriate challenges.