First Tech Challenge Christiansburg Qualifier (Robotics Competition)
Venue: Auburn Middle School, Riner
Organizations: New River Robotics Association, Tuxedo Pandas
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Event Types: Food, Miscellaneous, Family Friendly, STEM Events
Cost: Free
The Tuxedo Pandas Robotics Team, New River Robotics Association and Montgomery County Public Schools hosts the inaugural First Tech Challenge Christiansburg Qualifier and Robotics Competition for grades 6-12 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Auburn Middle School.

Tentative Event Schedule:
• 10:30 am: Opening Ceremonies
• 10:45 am: Qualification Matches
• 12:30-1:00 pm: Lunch Break
• 1:00-4:00 pm: Qualification Matches
• 4:10 pm: Alliance Selection
• 4:30-5:45 pm: Elimination Tournament
• 5:45 pm: Closing Ceremonies

Watch more than 20 high school and middle school robotics teams from Virginia and Maryland compete to win a place at the FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship sponsored by ECPI University at Atlee High School in Mechanicsville on February 2, 2019.

Competitions are fast-paced, fun, full of music and cheering fans. There will be a new competition every five minutes and a DJ providing entertainment throughout the event.

With FIRST Tech Challenge, middle and high school student teams design, build, and program 42 pound robots to meet a complex engineering challenge, then compete head-to-head against other teams in a high-tech sporting event. With the guidance of adult coaches and mentors, teams build their robots and develop a playing strategy, which includes forming alliances with other teams. Teams earn awards for robot design, creativity, documentation, community outreach, “gracious professionalism” and competition on the field.

This event is free and open to the public.

Teams will be available to discuss their projects and demo their robots when they are not competing.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. No food or drink allowed in the main competition area.

Note: Venue was changed from Christiansburg Middle School.

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