More than 200 high school students, representing 26 teams from Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, competed Dec. 5 on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University in the Oklahoma Regional FTC Robotics Championship.


More than 200 high school students, representing 26 teams from Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, competed Dec. 5 on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University in the Oklahoma Regional FTC Robotics Championship.

The competition was one of 48 conducted across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Holland, thatís winners will compete in Atlanta in the spring 2010.

First Tech Challenge is a robotics competition that incorporates the design, build and programming of robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Each team also created an engineering notebook that documented their design process. The notebooks, along with interviews, were judged in several categories.

The competition also presents team awards in several categories: the Inspire award goes to the team that takes on challenges well beyond the program. The Rockwell Collins Innovate award goes to the team with the most ingenuity and inventiveness.

The PTC Design award is presented to the team with the most compelling industrial design elements. The Connect award is presented to the team that is the most connected to the local and engineering community. The Motivate award goes to the team with outstanding team spirit and enthusiasm. And the Think Award, is presented to the team that best manages the design engineering process.

Newton team No. 3703 received honorable mention in the PTC Design Award and Newton team No. 935 received honorable mention in the Motivate Award.

Newton RaileRobotics team No. 3073 participated on the semi-finalist Alliance Team 4 but did not make it to the finals. The alliance that defeated them won the finals to take first place in the competition.

The RaileRobotics program now will concentrate on the varsity team competition, which will be Jan. 9.