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LPSS ROBOTICS TEAM Phenomena 3616 Ranks 1st and Wins 2017 Regional Robotics Tournament
Sixty high school robotics teams from around the world gathered in Kenner, LA on March 24th and 25th, 2017 to compete for a spot in the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship in Houston, TX. No other high school sport gives local students an opportunity to compete side by side with their international peers at a regional level with teams from the US, China, Turkey, and Mexico. These high-school level robotics teams, with the guidance of volunteer adult mentors, have 6 weeks to design, build, and program their competitive robot to perform a series of tasks as sport, using offense, defense, quick thinking, and scouting techniques. To build a successful robot, teams must use code and programming, CAD software, mechanical and electrical engineering, automation, and robotics. Upon completion, these teams brought their robots to the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, where they competed with other Louisiana teams and with visiting teams from around the world, for a spot in the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship. “FIRST is not just about the robot. Teams learn project management, leadership skills, public speaking skills, deductive reasoning, business planning, fundraising, marketing, safety management, community service and the importance of working as a team. They leave this program with greater self-confidence, an awareness of their community and the environment surrounding it, and with 21st century soft skills that can transfer into any college or career path they choose,” said teacher mentor Lisa Ranney.
2016-2017 FIRST FRC Team Phenomena 3616 Members from Lafayette Parish