Heading to the championship is MOE FTC FIRST Tech Challenge team. The team is made up of 11 high school students who design, build, and program robots to play games released every year by FIRST. (FIRST stands for For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). MOE stands for Miracles of Engineering, and is a nod to the slogan Miracles of Science of its main sponsor, DuPont.
“When it comes to analyzing problems, developing options, and implementing solutions, this team is exceptional. They are the face of Social Media in FIRST. Their team spirit and gracious professionalism stands out. You can’t miss these guys on the street….365 days a year, they are truly a role model for FTC.” said Thomas Zawislak, Pennsylvania FIRST FTC Affiliate Partner when presenting the Inspire award.
A total of 104 teams from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC, competed in four qualifying events, the top 35 of those teams were eligible to compete in the Pennsylvania FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) event in March. Of the 35 teams, two are invited to participate in the World Championship, the Inspire Award Winner and the team with the top scoring robot.
MOE was recognized by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and the Board of Education for their work promoting STEM.
The MOE team attends events such as Children’s Day at the Delaware Art Museum and Blue Rocks Science Day to encourage kids to get involved with engineering and science. The team has worked with science teachers to help them better understand robotics design and programming. The MOE team is recognized easily by their neon green jerseys and loud team cheer.
FTC is designed for those who want 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. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles.
MOE 365 FIRST Robotics FTC Team members are Amy Andrews, Noah Andrews, Joshua Gross, Georgia Mackay, Peter McCartney, James Prettyman, Rachel Prettyman, Ethan Price, Christina Sanford, Sam Snow and Matthew Warner.
Dean Kamen inventor of the Segway pedestrian vehicle, founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. More than 200 of the Fortune 500 companies support FIRST.