OVERLAND PARK, KS, March 4, 2018. Blue Valley CAPS robotics team, The Cobalt Colts #6547, gallops on to Athens, GA to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) South Super Regionals, joining winning teams from twelve other states.
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge is a global organization of teams consisting of middle and high school students challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in an alliance-format challenge. In this year’s challenge, four robots compete to find and stack 6 inch cubes during fast-paced two and a half minute matches.
The Cobalt Colts, a diverse group of students from seven schools around the Blue Valley School District, have one key thing in common: they love to build. And not just bots! “This year was all about pushing ourselves to grow. We improved our engineering processes and did more outreach to both professional and general community. We’re excited about what we’ve learned and the fact that we did it together,” said Sajon Seaberg, Team Captain.
When they weren’t designing and building the robot, the 15 team members led over 33 different STEM outreach events, mentored 11 different FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams and helped other students from as far away as Turkey learn how to get involved in robotics and STEM. In February, their hard work paid off when the team traveled to Rolla, Missouri for the Missouri State Championship. In addition to being selected to compete in a winning alliance, the Colts carried away four awards including 1st place Think Award, 2nd place Connect Award, and third place Promote and Compass awards.
“I couldn’t be prouder,” said their coach, Glenn Crocker. “They’ve failed, derailed, figured it out and hung in there – together. They named their robot ‘Secretariat’ and it fits. They’ve got an enormous amount of heart.”
Team judging begins at the FTC South Super Regionals in Athens, GA on March 8th followed by robot competition March 9th – 10th. To follow the Cobalt Colt’s journey to Georgia and beyond, follow their social media @FTC6547. To learn more about FIRST and how you can get involved, go to www.FIRSTinspires.org.
Glenn Crocker, Coach