FIRST Team 3937 Breakaway from Searcy and FIRST Team 323 Lights Out from Mountain Home have been invited to compete in the 2017 China Robotics Challenge. They will be leaving for China July 18 and returning July 30. Press release here now.
Congrtulations to Booneville Arkansas FIRST Robotics Competition Team 5437 Rocky Balboabots for winning the Engineering Inspiration Award at the Houston FIRST World Championship and being on the Finalist alliance in the Galileo Division!
A special message from our Arkansas AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Heather Paddock:
I have some exciting news! Last night Team 5006 Apophis found out they are in the FIRST Parody Semi-Finals! There are only SEVEN more days to vote! I hope you will join us in supporting an Arkansas team and voting for their song: "We Are Never Getting This Bot Together" In fact, if your team was at the Ozark Brawl this year, you just might see one of your kiddos in the video! If you remember back, they were recording some of the video their at the Brawl. Below I attached the link to vote on Twitter. Use #FIRSTParody if the link does not work for you. Please retweet it, too!
See the video teaser and find downloadable content featuring the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition challenge "FIRST STEAMWORKS" here: http://www.firstinspires.org/2017-frc-teaser
Ten team members from Mountain Home Arkansas spent 11 days in Shanghai and the Yellow Mountains of China with 56 other teams from China, USA, Brazil, Australia, Israel and Canada. Press release and photo gallery links here:
Grants for rookie FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams are available now. Application here:
FIRST Robotics Competition Team 16, Bomb Squad, has been invited to Shanghai to compete in the 2016 China Robotics Challenge. Press Release here: www.arkansasedc.com/news/arkansas-first-robotics-competition-team-travel-china
NASA FIRST Robotics grants are now available. Application can be found HERE. They are due October 1, 2015. So hurry and contact us here if you have any questions or need help filling out your application. This is for the FRC program only.
FRC 4849 Rock City Robots from Little Rock Arkansas were on KATV this morning! Video clip here.
The following post is from the MADD Dragons Robotics Team Facebook page:
My 2015 USAF/USFirst Leadership Experience was incredible. As a sponsor of USFirst, the USAF recognizes that we coaches and mentors have young people on our teams that possess the skills needed in the USAF. We were brought to Colorado Springs to the Air Force Academy to understand the opportunities available to our students.
On Monday, we participated in a character and leadership development seminar. We than toured the mechanical engineering department, the space systems research center, and the aeronautical engineering department. We toured labs, asked questions, and found ourselves amazed by the research at USAFA. We also visited the shop where the cadets build their formula 1 race car.
Tuesday morning, we visited the chapel - a most beautiful, serene sanctuary offering peace. Later, newly-graduated Air Force officers presented a recruitment seminar. Tuesday afternoon we got to see AF training in action at Schriever AFB. We were treated to lunch, welcomed by the 50 Space Wing, and toured areas where members of the USAF use their training to contribute to the defense of the United States.
Wednesday morning, we toured the Falcon fieldhouse.
I would encourage any and all Arkansas coaches/mentors to apply for this opportunity. My travel, lodging, and food were all paid for by the USAF. We had very capable civilian and USAF personnel to guide us, take care of us, and get us where we needed to be.
My deepest thanks to the USAF and USFirst for this experience. This is an adventure I will remember always and share with my students.