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STLCC to Host FIRST Robotics Events Dec. 5-6

December 03, 2015

FIRST robotics event  
STLCC-Florissant Valley will be the site of two major FIRST
robotics events this weekend.

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley is sponsoring two major FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics events Dec. 5-6.

Activities will run 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days. The competitions will be in the gymnasium on campus, 3400 Pershall Road. FIRST road signs will direct visitors to parking. All FIRST events are free and open to the public.

The opening qualifier in the FIRST RES-Q season for FIRST Tech Challenge teams in Missouri will be held Saturday, Dec. 5. Thirty-six teams of students in grades 7-12 will use a combination of motors, controllers, wireless communications, metal gears and sensors, including infrared tracking and magnet seeking, to program their robots to operate in both autonomous and driver-controlled modes on a specially designed field.

The FIRST RES-Q game is modeled after actual rescue situations faced by mountain explorers all over the globe. Played by two alliances of two robots each, robots will score points by: “resetting” rescue beacons; delivering rescue climbers to a shelter; parking on the mountain; and parking in the rescue beacon repair zone or floor goal. Robots may also score points by retrieving debris from the playing field and placing them in mountain or floor goals, and also by hanging from a pull-up bar during the last 30-seconds of a match.

There will be seven other qualifying events around the state, where teams will compete for a chance to advance to the Missouri FIRST Tech Championship at Missouri University of Science and Technology on March 5. The complete schedule is available at www.stlfirst.org.

The culmination of the FIRST LEGO® League TRASH TREKSM season for Eastern Missouri teams will be Sunday, Dec. 6. More than 260 teams competed in the 11 qualifying events offered in November. The Eastern Missouri FIRST LEGO League Championship brings together the top 40 teams from those events.

Students in grades 4-8 work together on a team of up to 10 youngsters, with two adult coaches to choose and solve a real-world trash problem as their Project. Teams will also build, test and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a series of sustainability-themed missions as part of the robot game which include: demolishing a building and salvaging valuable materials from the debris; converting organic material into fertilizer; reusing methane produced in a landfill to power a vehicle; and more.

The cornerstones of the experience are the FLL core values, which emphasize contributions of others, friendly competition, learning and community involvement.

STLCC has proudly partnered with FIRST for the past 13 years.

“We look forward to hosting these events each year,” said Steve Ehlen, Engineering Technology Center supervisor at Florissant Valley. “The work is amazing and really inspiring to those of us who teach science, technology, engineering and math at STLCC.”