Students from 11 GCS high schools competed at the North Carolina
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Aggieland Championship on Saturday at North
Carolina A&T State University, and the team from Southeast High
took second place as well as a top award for team spirit. Southeast was
also represented as one of three teams in the Finalist Alliance.
Southeast team, Art's Legacy, was ranked second after a full day of
competition and also received the first-place Motivate award, which
recognizes the team that shows the most enthusiasm and encouragement
about FTC. Team members demonstrated gracious professionalism, a tenet
of the FTC philosophy, by mentoring other teams and helping them
strengthen their robotics programs.
winners at Saturday's event were The Early College at Guilford's
Wannabe Strange team, which placed fourth, and Northern High's
Irrational Doorkeepers, which finished eighth. Team Prion from Grimsley
High earned the first-place Connect award, given to the team that has
been most skillful at outreach and community relations.
Tech Challenge gives high school students a chance to design, build and
program robots to compete against other robots in an alliance format
against other teams. The structure is designed to encourage
sportsmanship, as teams will be asked to both compete against each
other and cooperate with each other, something the organization calls
Other rankings at the championship were:
• Southwest High's Super Effective team, 11th place
• Weaver Academy's Ninja Pirates, 13th place
• Smith High's Golden Eagles, 14th place
• Western High's Fighting Hornets, 15th place
• The Middle College at A&T's Aggies, 16th place
• The Academy at Smith's LOCS, 21st place
• Grimsley's Team Prion, 24th place
• Eastern High's Sub Zero Robotics, 28th place
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