As they prepare for competition, a robotics challenge for students has become an opportunity for problem solving and teamwork.
During a a Saturday practice, Alec Preister used a remote control to move the metal robot. The robot only went a few feet before abruptly halting. The team started over pinpointing the glitches that interfered with the movements the students had expected.
Problem solving is a major part of FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) as are teamwork along with math and science skills.
The robotics competition for high school students is just getting started in Nebraska, and students are enthusiastic about it.
“The kids have so much fun with it. They learn a ton,” Michelle Preister said. “There are always a lot of opportunities to play athletics and not so much for other activities. This is something where they can still compete and have a team experience.”
Preister is a coach for a new robotics team. She brought the program to the area after two of her children worked with a robotics team in Aurora