FIRST® Robotics TermiRaiders from Southern Vance 4-H Robotics Team Will Compete in Regional Tournament Event in Raleigh

The FIRSTRobotics Competition (FRC) is an annual competition that challenges high-school students – working alongside professional Mentors – to design and build a robot of their own, and compete in a ‘ Sport for the Mind™’ that measures the effectiveness of each robot, the power of teamwork and collaboration, and Gracious Professionalism™. Students build and program their own robots against a field of competitors and experience the excitement of science, engineering, technology and innovation.

                 At the 2012 tournament, teams will compete in “Rebound Rumble”, a robotics game played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competes by trying to score as many of the basketballs in the hoops as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. Balls scored in higher hoops score teams more points. Team Alliances are awarded bonus points if they are balanced on bridges at the end of the match.

                 All events are free and open to the public.

When:     Friday April 6, 2012 – 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

                 Saturday, April 7, 2012 – 8:45 a.m to 5:00 p.m

Where:    Dorton Arena, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd  Raleigh, NC 27607-3902

Who:       54 FIRST Teams from North Carolina,, Virigina, South Carolina, New Hampshire and West Virginia, team mentors, coaches and parents; Southern Vance 4-H Robotics Team, Guided by Garrett Wade, Jason Talley, Elaine Webb.

About FIRST 

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST® designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts theFIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC™ ) and FIRST®Tech Challenge (FTC™) for high-school students, FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL™) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST®LEGO® League (Jr.FLL™) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to