Attended by thousands of fans, families, educators and industry leaders, the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Orlando Regional awarded several teams with honors that rewarded design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship, and high impact partnerships between schools, businesses, and communities.
Held at the CFE Arena on the University of Central Florida campus on March 13 and 14, 64 high school student teams competed to earn a spot at the FIRST Championship, to be held April 22-25, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. With the hope of winning one of the several coveted awards, high school students worked with professional Mentors to design and build a robot over a six-week period that solved a problem using a kit of parts and a standard set of rules.
The 2015 game, RECYCLE RUSH(SM) is a recycling-themed game played by two alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season.
Congratulations to all the amazing teams that joined us for the 2015 Orlando Regional, for your abundant Gracious Professionalism, great game play and for making our 17th Annual competition the Ultimate Pi Day to Remember! Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers and the generous sponsors who made the event possible, and best wishes to all going on to the FIRST Championship in April.
Links to photos, videos, interviews and press coverage will be available on our Media page, and keep checking back for special stories and news from the Regional and about the FIRST Championship.