Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Road to the FIRST Championships

The fourth annual San Diego Regional FIRST Robotics Competition was held March 4-6, 2010 at the San Diego Sport Arena. Teams from San Diego, Alaska, Hawaii, Michigan, and Pennsylvania competed in this event, totaling 49 teams and over 1,000 participants, students, mentors, and coaches.

This year's event focused on the challenge known as "Breakaway." Watch the FIRST game designers explain the complexities of Breakaway.

The three days of competition were intense and exciting for the participating students and adults as they teamed to outscore their opponent. Points are earned when a robot shoots a ball into a goal, when it climbs onto the alliance platform, and when it lifts itself off the playing surface using the alliance tower.

SSC Pacific, through the National Defense Education Program (NDEP), sponsors several FIRST Lego League and FIRST Robotics teams. Additionally, many of the personnel from our organization help by serving as judges, coaches, assistant coaches, and mentors at Qualifying and Regional Tournaments.

The Breakaway Battlefield

Robotic Repair

This year, the FIRST Championship will be held April 15-17 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is free to the public.

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