FTC Teams Recognized in the Iowa House of Representatives
On April 15 the South Middle School FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams were introduced and recognized in the Iowa House of Representatives. Students also had the opportunity to hold a meet and greet so senators and representatives could learn about FTC and see their robot in action.
This year South Middle School had a boys’ team, Golden Hammer, and a girls’ team, Blockbusters. Both teams competed well against high school teams in their second year of competition. Early in the season Golden Hammer qualified for the regional competition in Iowa City.
FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages.
Students were given the opportunity to specialize in mechanical or programing. Golden Hammer also participated in a community service project for Blank Children’s Hospital, adapting water guns for their speech therapy department for children who are not able to pull a traditional trigger.
“All of our teams consist of rookies. I am so proud of what they were able to accomplish this season. Both teams going into qualifying competitions were ranked in the top half out of 25 teams,” Kevin Tow, South Middle School teacher said. “I look forward to growing this opportunity at South.”