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Who are we?
Welcome to FRC Team 5511, Cortechs Robotics. We are a community robotics team located in South Western Wake County, North Carolina. The Cortechs community has been going strong for four years as we continue to grow and inspire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in the community. Our team family has been pulled from all places across the county, contributing to aÂ wide distribution of aspiring engineers, business leaders, and students skilled in community operations.
What is FIRST?
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization designed to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, and to motivate them to pursue education and career opportunities in the STEM fields.
What is Cortechs’ role in FIRST?
Cortechs Robotics is a fourth year team, having been formed in late 2014. In our rookie year, we attended the North Carolina offseason event THOR in 2014, competed at the 2015 Regional Competition, and moved on to the World Championship in St. Louis. In our second year, we won the THOR offseason event, the Guilford District event, and qualified for the NC State Championship. Last year we won the UNC Asheville Event, and qualified for the Houston World Championships, where our captain Sreekar Mantena won the Dean’s List Award. Part of the Cortechs mission is to inspire STEM in the community, and that is why we sponsor manyÂ FIRST Lego League robotics team, including #4486, the Robot Whisperers. Under the guidance of our high-school mentors, the Robot Whisperers won the Champion’s Award at the state competition and proceeded to the World Competition alongside Cortechs in 2015. As part of our Spread STEM Initiative, Cortechs frequently schedules outreach events to ensure all areas of the community have the opportunity to experience the FIRST values. Some of our most notable outreach events include demoing our robot at Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy and a community-centered STEM event at the local United Methodist Church.