The Barrow FIRST Robotics Program is currently in the midst of a great competitive season with a number of milestones that they would like to share with the Board. The program has two active middle school teams competing in the FIRST Lego League Challenge (FLL) season of CARGO CONNECT, and one high school team competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Season of FREIGHT FRENZY. The Barrow FIRST Robotics program is possible through the school system’s amazing partnership with Barrow 4-H, UGA Extension’s Youth Development Program.
Middle school FLL Team 3085, based out of the AIM Program, placed among the top teams at the recent Northeast Georgia Regional Competition at CFIT on December 11, and advanced to one of only six Super-Regional Tournaments being held in January.
Middle school FLL Team 48816, based out of Russell Middle School, took home the top Robot Performance Trophy at the Northeast Georgia Regional Competition at CFIT on December 11, and also advanced to one of the prestigious Super-Regional Tournaments in January. In five rounds of robotics competition, this team scored rounds of 325 an 300 points, while the next highest team was only score 275.
Our high school FTC Team has been mentoring the younger FLL team members throughout the season at practices since the season kicked off in mid-August, and they served as referees, judges, and event staff at the Regional FLL Tournament on December 11.
The FTC Team members have also seen a number of successes this season as they all compete in their first year of in-person FTC competition among the other high school teams in Northeast Georgia. They will be hosting a league meet on January 8 at CFIT, which will bring in 9 high school teams to Barrow County for robotics competition. Their League Tournament is coming up on January 22.
The Barrow FIRST Robotics Program is grateful to the Barrow County School System for its support of the students in these programs and for its recognition of the importance of programs like FIRST Robotics, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. In addition to the learning experiences tied to the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, the students grow every day through the FIRST Core Values of Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, and Fun through the two main philosophies of FIRST, which are Coopertition and Gracious Professionalism.
UPDATE (1/17/21): Out of 383 FLL Robotics Teams across the state of Georgia, only 24 advance to the State Championship on February 5th. Two of those 24 are from the Barrow FIRST Robotics Program.
AIM CLOVERBOTS 3085 & RMS CLOVERBOTS 48816