First, NC Regional…

Next, Worlds. Cortechs Robotics participated in our first FIRST Robotics Competiton on March 20-21st. We were honored to play the first match of the competition, but even after a full day of practice, we did not score as high as we had hoped. However, that didn’t stop us. 10 matches later and we secured 3rd place for our individual team. For a rookie team, this is a great achievement, as this granted us our first award, the Highest Rookie Seed award. This means, out of all the rookie teams at the event, we had the highest average score. Cortechs Robotics ended up being captain of the 3rd ranked alliance. Because of this, we got to choose which two teams we wanted to compete with for the elimination matches. We chose two teams, Team Spork (3196) and Triple Strange (1533). With these teams, we made it through quarterfinals, but were eliminated in semifinals and placed as the 3rd alliance overall. This was a great experience for our team, even if we didn’t win the event. But Cortechs had more wins coming. The highest award given to rookies is the Rookie All Star award. This award is given to the rookie team that best exemplifies the values of FIRST. The team that wins this award is invited to the Championship event in St. Louis. Cortechs Robotics was fortunate enough to win this award, and we will be leaving for the competition on Wednesday, April 22nd. The competition begins on Friday, April 24th and continues through Saturday. We will be competing in the Newton division.  To view pictures from our 2015 Regional, click...

3D Printer Outreach

Cortechs Robotics went back to the First United Methodist Church on March 15th to spread more STEM education to the community. This time, instead of a robot, we brought our 3D printer granted to us by 3D Systems. We printed six pieces of a seven piece cube puzzle, and passed them around to the kids while the final piece printed and we talked about how the printer worked. The final puzzle printed, and several of the kids attempted the puzzle. Many got close, but none were able to finish, so one of our team members finished the puzzle. The kids enjoyed our presentation, and we plan to go back with our 2015 season bot and let them play with it. Facebook Twitter Google+...

2015 Game – Recycle Rush

After participating in a local kickoff event, Cortechs Robotics is now designing and prototyping a robot to compete in regional (and hopefully international) competition. Recycle Rush, this year’s game, focuses on stacking recycling totes and containers on top of each other, and also dealing with “litter” represented by pool noodles. Watch the video here: Facebook Twitter Google+...

Community Support FIRST- Our Local Fundraising Efforts

Today, Cortechs Robotics took to the streets of Downtown Cary to ask local businesses for some support and fundraising for our team. We split into three teams, two teams took the downtown area, and the third team went asking local car dealerships for support. We came prepared with binders containing pictures and handouts of our monthly newsletter, and gave these to business owners and managers who were interested in donating. Although only a few businesses contributed, many were willing to consider us, and we are very thankful for what we received. Overall, this has been a learning experience for everyone, and we hope more local businesses will contribute in the future. Facebook Twitter Google+...

Put the Environment FIRST

November 6, 2014 Put the Environment FIRST Cortechs Robotics looks to embrace sustainability head-on. Our organization realizes the precarious state that our environment is in. As a team of 11 intelligent students, it is our societal responsibility to do something about it. Our organization has partnered with an environmental science professor at North Carolina State University.  As a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology and B.S. in Biological Sciences, the partnership will result in a great learning experience for all, and a productive activity for our community. With the help of this scientist mentor, the team plans things such as: Adopt a road in our community. Invent, design, build, and donate food waste composters to local groups and schools. Construct solar cell charging stations to give to other FIRST teams. Build with sustainable materials. Limit energy consumption when possible as well as finding alternate means of energy. Spread information throughout the community in how to limit environmental impact. Work with school cafeterias in order to reduce food waste and separate recycling from garbage.   Facebook Twitter Google+...