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Searcy to host high school robotics competition
Searcy to host high school robotics competition

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - The city of Searcy will be participating in a worldwide kickoff of the 2016 season of FIRST® Robotics Competition.

The Searcy competition will include 17 high school teams, grades 9-12. At kickoff, teams will be shown the FIRST STRONGHOLDSM game field and challenge details for the first time, and they will receive a Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, control system components, construction materials and a mix of additional automation components – with limited instructions. Teams will have six weeks to design and build a robot to meet this year's engineering challenge.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual competition that challenges high-school students, working alongside professional mentors, to construct a robot of their own and compete in the ultimate Sport for the Mind™ that measures the effectiveness of each robot and the power of teamwork and collaboration.

The event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Harding Academy.


Dignitaries and public figures will deliver remarks on video and in person, including:

  • Dean Kamen, President, DEKA Research & Development and Founder, FIRST
  • Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST Distinguished Advisor, and Co-Chair of the FIRST Executive Advisory Board; Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Donald E. Bossi, President, FIRST
  • Brad Miller, Engineering Professor, Harding University
  • Arkansas FIRST officials
  • FIRST students & special guests


Helpful Links:


For more info: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc

To locate teams in your area, visit http://www.firstinspires.org/team-event-search

To Contact your FIRST Regional Director http://www.firstinspires.org/find-local-support

For a listing of all local Kickoff locations, visit:  http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/kickoff

Broadcast link: http://comca.st/frc2016