The G-FORCE FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team can check another item off its "bucket list"! The members toured the John Deere Seeder Group in Moline, Ill., on their way to compete in the FTC North Super Regional in Iowa City, Iowa, this past weekend. After members walked through the plant floor, watching corn planters being assembled, they stopped at the John Deere Pavilion. The team was able to fit into the four-wheel drive 744K John Deere loader. Pictured are Robbie Browning; Atticus, Darrah, and Griff (front) Speis; Rachael Huxford; Blake Smith; Will Baker; and mentors Levi and Aaron Lantz and Phil Malone (front). Not pictured is team member Jonah Faciolli and mentors Max Peterson and Arlene and Willie Lantz. Only 3 percent of the FTC teams in the United States qualified to compete in one of the four Super Regionals, according to Arlene. G-FORCE finished fifth out of 36 teams after the qualifying rounds, competed in the division finals, and qualified to advance to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship, scheduled later this month in St. Louis, Mo. But G-FORCE won't be the only local team at the world championship. Also qualifying for the event this past weekend were FTC Techno Clovers Team 4240, which competed in the East Super Regional in York, Pa., and FRC GaCO Team 1629, which competed in the Chesapeake Regional in College Park. "It was a great weekend for the three Garrett County high school FIRST robotics teams," Arlene said. Photo courtesy of Arlene Lantz.
Today is Thursday, April 10, 2014.