Wicomico County Robotics FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) Team #3389 The Tec Tigers 3rd in District Competition April 9, Earn Spot in the FRC World Championship in St. Louis
The Wicomico County Robotics FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) Team #3389 The Tec Tigers excelled in district competition on April 9 and earned a position in the FRC World Championship in St. Louis later this month.
This team of students has done an amazing job this year. These high school students come from throughout Wicomico County, and they built a robot from scratch in six weeks. The robot was developed to conquer ramparts, sally ports, rock walls, a portcullis, and a moat, and to shoot boulders at their opponents’ castle during the FRC competition, FIRST Stronghold. In competition with alliance robots from all over the region (Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia), The Tec Tigers team has consistently been in the top eight of the three competitions that they have competed in, serving as alliance captains during each competition. This past weekend, the team finished as the 3rd place alliance captain, out of 59 robots at the Chesapeake District Championships. The team was given the 18th seed for the World Championship.
This is the first time since its rookie year in 2009-2010 that the team has been selected to go to the World Championship. The event will take place April 27-30 in St. Louis.
This amazing performance was choreographed by students who worked together to apply STEM skills and create their amazing robot, “Da Bunka Busta”. The Tec Tigers are just one part of the Wicomico County Robotics FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) Team #3389. The robotics team also competes with VEX robots and FTC robots, and offers model airplane activities for students as well. This is a year-round program which benefits 25-30 students from all four high schools.
The Tec Tigers team that will travel to St. Louis will consist of approximately 11 students (8 of whom are seniors) from all four high schools, a private school student and a home schooled student. From April 27-30, they will proudly represent Wicomico County Public Schools on an international stage. It is a once-of-a-lifetime opportunity for these students and they are beyond excited. The team is looking forward to representing Wicomico County Public Schools with pride, and is grateful for all of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities and opportunities that they have been provided through the school system.
Now the challenge is not just robotics design and competition, it’s raising enough funds to cover the more than $5,000 needed to make the trip. The team is a NASA house team, and NASA generously fronted the money from its allotment for the team’s 2016-2017 season, so that money will need to be replaced through fundraising. The team is grateful to NASA, which is also transporting the “pit” materials that are needed during the competition.
Information on fundraisers will be coming very soon. In the meantime, donations to support The Tec Tigers may be made out to Wicomico County Robotics Club and mailed to:
Parkside High School
1015 Beaglin Park Drive
Salisbury MD 21804
FRC Team #3389 The Tec Tigers involves students from all four high schools, with lead mentors David Miles and Jenny Miles and grant mentor Holly Hatton, and other adult supporters. Look in on the team’s successful season at these links:
The Tec Tiger’s Chairman's video: https://youtu.be/Fptwhkm1zzA
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Team3389/
Description of the Competition – FIRST Stronghold: http://www.firstinspires.org/node/3651