Past Meetup

Support Western Alamance High Students at the First Robotics Scrimmage

This Meetup is past

3 people went


Jochen Fischer and the Western Alamance High First Robotics Team has supported the Alamance Makers Guild at our last few meetups. Now its our turn to help them out by coming and supporting them (and all of the other students) at the First Robotics Scrimmage on Saturday January 18th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm (plan to arrive earlier to give yourself time to find parking and locate the room where the event is taking place)

More info can be found at:

Anyone who does go, if you record video or take photographs, please share with the rest of us and with Jochen Fischer.

---Text of the Announcement from Elon's Event Page----

Elon University to host robotics scrimmage January 19

Students from eight area high schools will gather at Elon University Jan. 19 for a First Tech Challenge robotics scrimmage.

When: 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013Location: McCoy Commons, Room 212 (located on Williamson Avenue in Elon, N.C.)Media Contact: Jochen Fischer, adjunct professor,, 336-269-9329More Information on FTC:

Students from eight area high schools will gather at Elon University Jan. 19 for a First Tech Challenge robotics scrimmage. The event is being coordinated by Adjunct Professor Jochen Fischer, coach of the Western Alamance High School team, and is hosted by Elon's Department of Computing Sciences.

The teams will be testing their robots in preparation for the First Tech Challenge statewide tournament scheduled for Feb. 23 at North Carolina A&T State University. This year's competition theme is titled "Ring it Up." Robots constructed and programmed by the teams score points in the competition by picking up rings and placing them on a rack in the center of an arena.

Students will have the opportunity to fine tune their robots and solve problems with the guidance of Joel Hollingsworth, chair of Elon's computing sciences department.

Teams from Alamance, Guilford and Wake county high schools taking part in the scrimmage include the following:Wannabe Strange (Greensboro)Thunderducks (Greensboro)Enthalpy (Kernersville)Plan B (Burlington)Because We Are Nerds Squared (Greensboro)Ninja Pirates (Greensboro)Mechanical Marauders (Cary)Aperture Science (Elon)

First Tech Challenge is designed for those who want to compete head-to-head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design and other real-world accomplishments.

----End of Announcement-----

Hope to see as many of you there as possible. Remember to bring families, kids, and friends.