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Heritage, Menchville robotics teams advance to regional competition

(04/01/2016) -Two Newport News robotics teams earned top honors at the FIRST Chesapeake District Hampton Roads Tournament held March 19 and 20 at Churchland High School in Portsmouth and will advance to the next level of competition. Heritage High School's Cat5 CyberCanes team earned the Rookie Inspiration Award and is ranked 46 out of 132 teams in the Chesapeake District; and Menchville High School's Triple Helix team earned the Chairman Award and is ranked number five following two qualifying events.

With their qualifying scores, the Heritage and Menchville teams will compete in the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship Event April 7-9 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship Robotics Competition is recognized as the premier high school engineering challenge. Teams of students, working closely with teachers and volunteer mentors, have six weeks to conceptualize, design, build, program, modify and test a robot to participate in a competition that changes each year.

Teams receive a kit of common parts that are used to build the core systems of their robots, but they won't find an instruction manual. Students work with hundreds of components, including engineering mainstays such as programmable radio controllers, motors, electrical circuitry, pneumatic components and mechanical parts. Each team has to decide its own game strategy, and has to design and fabricate a machine within tight specifications on size, weight and materials.

Every January, FIRST unveils the challenge or "game" at an annual kick-off event that is simulcast to locations around the world. Teams enter two of seven District competitions in Virginia, Greater Washington, DC, or Maryland. Teams compete for scores that will earn them a place at the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship in College Park, Maryland.

Team Cat5 CyberCanes from Heritage High School

Team Cat5 CyberCanes from Heritage High School

Team Triple Helix from Menchville High School

Team Triple Helix from Menchville High School