Lord of the Bricks robotics team headed to state championship

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Lord of the Bricks FTC Team 7039 is headed to State Championships!

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Mechanicsville-based Lord of the Bricks robotics team is headed to the state championship.

The team competed this past weekend on Saturday, January 11 at the Southwest Virginia FTC Regional Qualifier at Southwest Virginia Community College. The five-member team competed consistently well, advancing in 6th place out of 24 teams into the semi-final rounds.

They were a finalist for the PTC Design Award and took home the trophy as the recipient of the Think Award.

The rookie team has previously competed in the Central Virginia Qualifier, placing 7th place out of 24 teams, and in the Northern Virginia Qualifier, where they were a finalist for the Connect Award, and won the Finalist Alliance Award as one of the last two alliances standing.

FIRST is a non-profit organization that inspires children ages 6-18 to develop an interest in STEM via a hands-on robotics engineering program. During the program, team members are required to build and program a robot, with guidance from coaches and mentors, using their own ingenuity. FIRST Tech Challenge:FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a high school-level FIRST program that allows teens to compete in a two-on-two team sports-styled competition. Teams are given a challenge annually which is released world-wide on the same day. They must design, build and program a robot which accomplishes the challenge tasks, and produce an engineering notebook, while participating in community outreach, fundraising, and business planning.

Lord of the Bricks is a group of robotics teams based in the Mechanicsville area supported by Homeschool Resources Group, a non-profit organization. The FTC Team competes against teams in a sports model-styled competition in science, engineering, and robotics by designing, building, and programming award winning robots.

For more information about, or for sponsorship opportunities of Lord of the Bricks, please visit the team website at LordOfTheBricks.wildapricot.org.

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