Killingworth, Conn. – Capping a busy season for Connecticut’s high school level FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams, theConnecticut Association of Schools (C.A.S), in partnership with NE FIRST– Connecticut will host the second annual FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) High School State Championship on Saturday, May 17 from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Haddam-Killingworth High School. Enjoy this clip of some of the competition.
Sponsored by the Northeast Utilities Foundation and Comcast, the championship provides FRC teams from the state’s high schools an opportunity to showcase the skills they’ve used to design and build their robots and compete in this year’s FRC game over the past four months.
More than 35 high school FRC teams from across the state will compete at the state championship, which is free and open to the public.
The state championship follows Connecticut FRC teams’ participation in New England-wide district qualifying events in February, March and April; the FIRST New England Championship held in Boston April 10-12 and the FIRST World Championship held April 23-26 in St. Louis.
FRC teams competing in the May 17 state championship will again play AERIAL ASSISTSM, where robots on two Alliances of three teams maneuver their robots to score as many balls in goals as possible during a two-minute and 30-second match. Additional points are earned by robots working together to score goals, and by throwing and catching balls over a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor as they move the ball down the field.
About the Connecticut Association of Schools (C.A.S.) – The Connecticut Association of Schools serves Connecticut’s K-12 public and parochial schools in all areas of inter-school activity. CAS has emerged as an informed leader in Connecticut’s educational system, providing services to Connecticut’s schools in areas ranging from academics to athletics. The association represents over 1,100 schools in the state. The Connecticut Association of Schools is a non-profit organization located in Cheshire, Connecticut.
About NE FIRST and the new New England District Model
Six New England states (Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire) have organized into one region to implement a “district model” for high-school-level FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams.
Following the success of FRC program restructuring in other states (Michigan) and regions (Mid-Atlantic), the new district model in New England is designed to provide a cost-effective way for teams to play more, with two qualifying events for one registration fee; to lower costs by allowing teams to play closer to home; to improve teams’ ability to fundraise and do outreach in their communities, and to reward and advance teams based on their performance on and off the field.
A new 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, ingenuityNE™, supports NE FIRST events across the six New England states.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization designs programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
With support from three of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $19 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the following four robotics programs:
The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) for Grades 9-12
The FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®), also for Grades 7-12
The FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for Grades 4-8
The Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3