FEATURED PROGRAM – APRIL 17

BONNERS FERRY HIGH SCHOOL - FIRST ROBOTICS TEAM

Ed Katz, Head Mentor


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Ed Katz


Head mentor, Ed Katz and three of his students from the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team, provided an overview of the the involvement of the 2012 Robotics team and what they have accomplished in order to qualify to enter the World Championship Competition in St. Louis later in April. 

The FIRST Robotics Team qualified for the World Competition by winning the prestigious Engineering Inspiration Award at the Regional competition in Portland in March.  Among the 66 teams competing in Portland, the award recognized the team of 18 high school kids from Bonners Ferry, Idaho who worked to bring science, technology, math and engineering awareness to its community.  The judges also felt that the team had an impressive percentage of its population on its First Robotics team, citing one example of a member who happens to be a goat farmer and who has also programmed satellites aboard the International Space Station. 

The Bonners Ferry team also received a second honor during the qualification rounds in Portland, the “Innovative in Control” award. First Robotics competed in two programs, maneuvering robots through obstacles and robots making baskets in a series of basketball hoops set at different heights.



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The World Competition will consist of over 300 teams from the United States, as well as from Israel, Brazil, Italy and other world countries beginning April 25 and continuing through April 28. The competition will be streamed live on-line.  The robots are both kit assembled and custom prototypes.  The project costs approximately $15,000 with about ½ of this related to transportation, food and lodging.  Rotary has once again supported the robotics team with a financial donation.

Ed Katz invited Rotary to a demonstration of the competition at the high school in the fall. 

The FACEBOOK page for First Robotics can be accessed here:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Robotics-For-Inspiration-and-Recognition-of-Science-and-Technology/184063051616518

[ UPDATE: BONNERS FERRY FINISHED 30TH AMONG 300 TEAMS IN THE WORLD COMPETITION IN ST. LOUIS! CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB WELL DONE! ]