PMSA Students Prepare for Regional Robotics Tournament
The Monty Pythons of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy are teaming up and working hard to prepare for the Annual Regional Robotics Competition sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be. This year’s competition is expected to draw 1,700 teams and 42,500 high school students from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the U.K., and every state in the U.S.
“This is our fourth year participating in FIRST,” said PMSA senior and captain of the Robotics presentation team, Jenny Six. “We’ve worked for six weeks to build our robot. We are ready. We are hoping to bring a lot of school spirit and get everyone at PMSA and in the community to come out to support us.”
The FRC takes place March 18th – 20th at the UIC Pavilion. The event is expected to draw recruiters and observers from colleges and large technology companies such as Hewlett Packard and Motorola.
PMSA junior and Robotics team member Edward Fonseca said everyone is excited for this action pack high tech event.
“We’re really excited right now,” said Fonseca. This is the biggest competition you’ve ever seen. You can check out everyone’s robot and look and learn different engineering styles. Robotics is an amazing sport. The best part about participating in this tournament is that you’re hanging out with your best friends and seeing the robot that you’ve worked so hard to build finally perform.”
Team members also say there is something extra special about this year’s competition.
“This year is our first year without Mr. Dix,” said Six, “So, it’s been harder. This year we’re on our own. It makes us appreciate Mr. Dix and everything he did. It also motivates us to perform. This one’s for Mr. Dix.”
Doors open at the UIC Pavilion at 9:00 a.m. Come cheer for the Monty Pythons! Admission is free.
FIRST is a fantastic event that promotes high school age youth to engage in Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) in an applied and hands-on manner, set as a sport!
Per the founder of FIRST, Dean Kamen, the Vision of FIRST is:
“To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes.”
Triton's Engineering Technology faculty and students of the ENT program have been mentors to the PMSA Monty Pythons Team (Team #2151), having been involved with the team from their first competition season, 2007.