RICHMOND, Va. - March 16, 2013 – After a two-day tournament in Richmond that tested their teamwork and ingenuity, six Virginia high school teams have won the right to compete at the FIRST world robotics championship.
This year’s contest, Ultimate Ascent, challenged teams to design and build remote controlled robots that could fling Frisbee-type discs through targets. Robots that could climb pyramids on the competition field earned extra points.
Based on scores from a grueling series of qualifying and elimination matches at the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Virginia Regional, a three-team alliance emerged victorious and members will go on to compete in St. Louis in late April:
• The “Midlocanics,” based at Midlothian High School, which also includes students from several other Chesterfield County schools
• “Builders of Tomorrow,” from Franklin High School in Franklin, VA.
•“the STAGS,” from Piedmont Governors School for Mathematics, Science and
Technology in Martinsville, VA.