Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Sony Plaza, 550 Madison Ave (at 56th St.)
New York City
Subway: 4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th Street; E, V to 5th Avenue; F to 57th Street
Cost: Free. No reservation required, but space is limited.
For all ages
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. Students from local schools including Lehman (Queens) and the H.S. of Computers & Technology participating in this competition present their uniquely designed robots and discuss their development and mechanical design. Interact with these one-of-a-kind robots and learn about the strategies and challenges students face in their annual robotic competitions.
FTC is designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students 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. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
Students get to:
* Design, build, and program robots
* Apply real-world math and science concepts
* Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
* Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
* Earn a place in the World Championship
* Qualify for nearly $9.7 million in college scholarships