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Robots are coming to Northside Middle School

The robots are coming!  Saturday, FIRSTRobotics Competition (FRC) takes place at Northside Middle School in Elkhart.
Saturday's event is called Aerial Assist and allows two alliances of three robots to face off against each other on opposite ends of a 27' x 54' field. The objective is to have the robot alliances assist each other to move 24-inch game balls down the field and into low or high goals to score. The more the robots assist each other, the higher their bonus points will be.
There are currently fifty-two FIRSTRobotics Competition (FRC) teams throughout Indiana. These teams are the highest level of FIRSTrobotics programs and engage high school students with coaches and mentors to design, build, and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against other competitors. Applying math and science concepts, teamwork, and strategic problem solving skills, these robotics teams are as close to "real-world engineering" as students can get.
FRC teams started this year's season by viewing the annual Kick-Off in early January. Broadcast live around the world from FIRSTheadquarters in New Hampshire, it features the unveiling of the upcoming challenge, or game in which the robots will be designed to compete. Each year, a new challenge is announced and many teams spend the rest of Kick-Off weekend jumpstarting their build season with team "lock-ins," where they stay up all night rehashing the challenge and beginning deliberations on robot design.

The event is free and open to the public and the final elimination tournament begins at 1 p.m.
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