Local Students Build Robots and Engineering Skills with FIRST® Tech Challenge ROVER RUCKUS Presented by Qualcomm

GREAT NECK, NEW YORK – Area young people, ages 12 to 18 are among 69,000 students around the world who have readied their FIRST Tech Challenge robots to explore uncharted planets for the 2019-20 season game, SKYSTONESM presented by Qualcomm. To successfully complete the space-themed game, teams of young people must program robots to compete on a 12’ x 12’ field, in an alliance format, against other teams. The Android smartphone-controlled robots are powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile platform and coded using Java. Through hands-on experience and working in teams, students learn the value of hard work and creative problem-solving.

WHAT: Local students on more than 40 teams go head to head, putting 8+ weeks’ worth of research, design, and programming to the test in a regional Tournament to win honors and recognition. The season will culminate with the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Houston, Texas, April 17-20 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, and on April 24-27 at the Cobo Center, Detroit, Michigan.

WHEN: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Sunday, January 19, 2020
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Richard S. Sherman Great Neck North Middle School
77 Polo Road
Great Neck, NY

VISUALS: -Amazing, custom-built robots come to life in fast-paced, timed competitions
-Hundreds of festively dressed local students and their mentors putting designs and skills to the test
-Young people interacting with local volunteers and meeting with judges from community organizations
-On-site teamwork, troubleshooting, problem solving
-Spirit and excitement as students, families, friends cheer for their local teams

*Access to and interviews with students, teachers, coaches, mentors and local sponsors available upon request.