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This release prepared by the Office of Public Relations and Marketing.
Rebecca Eidson, Director, 646-1507,
Lisa Garrett, Public Relations Associate, 646-1506,

FIRST Robotics Challenge Tournament Set For This Saturday at Tri-County Technical College


(By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON ---  Around 190 high school students, including a team from Lexington, KY, will compete in Tri-County Technical College’s second annual mid-level robotics competition this Saturday.

The event is set for Saturday, December 1, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the College’s Cafe.

Teams from the Anderson Career and Technology Center, Walhalla High School, T. L. Hanna High School, Greenville Technical College’s Charter High School, Carolina Academy in Greenville, T.E.A.C.H. in Alpharetta, GA, and White Knoll High School Lexington, KY, will participate in this year’s FIRST Tech Challenge titled Quad Quandary.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a way to create a world where science and technology are celebrated similar to a sports environment.  Students build a robot to play a certain game to compete with other high school teams.  The intent is to get students excited about science and technology. 

Teams must program, build and test a robot using the innovative Vex Robotics Design system, a kit that includes more than 500 parts.  This year’s Quad Quandary is a competition in which students’ robots place three-inch PVC rings on movable single or paired goals, side goals or posts.  Extra points are scored by moving single or paired goals into an alliance’s playing field quadrant.  The fast-paced matches include a 20-second autonomous period followed by two minutes of driver-controlled play. 

Again this year, Robert Bosch LLC donated $10,000 to Tri-County Technical College to sponsor high school teams and the competition for the tournament.  Schools were given money to purchase robot kits and to register with USFIRST.  Students built the kits and put them together at their high schools or career centers.

The event, which is open to the public, is a way for Tri-County to support the community, to collaborate with the high schools and to encourage students to pursue their interests in the field of engineering and technology, said Stephanie Evans, academic advisor for the Industrial and Engineering Technology Division at Tri-County.

          For more information, contact Stephanie Evans at 646-1517 or