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Education

The robots are coming to IVCC

OGLESBY — The University of Illinois Extension LaSalle County 4-H Advanced Robotics Club, along with FIRST Illinois Robotics, will co-sponsor the FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Robotics Tournament at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.

Local students will build robots and use engineering skills with FIRST Tech Challenge VELOCITY VORTEX. Area young people, ages 12 to 18 are among 46,000 students around the world who have risen to the 2016/17 FIRST Tech Challenge.

To successfully complete the challenge, teams of young people must program robots to compete on a 12-by-12-foot field, in an alliance format, against other teams. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by Android technology and programmed using Java. Through hands-on experience and working in teams, students learn the value of hard work and creative problem-solving.

Local and Central Illinois students on 16 teams go head to head, putting 17-plus weeks’ worth of research, design and programming to the test in a division meet to determine team rankings for the South Central Illinois League Championship in Decatur on Feb. 11. At the league championship, teams hope to win honors and recognition and advance to the FTC Illinois State Championship at Elgin Community College on Feb. 24 and 25. The season will culminate with the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Houston, Texas, April 19-22, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, and on April 26-29, at the Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, Mo.

For more information, call 815-224-0889.

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