We practice in a space generously provided by The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, 2200 Kraft Drive, Suite 1450, Blacksburg.
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Tech Challenge is a global robotics program for middle and high school students. Experience the power, excitement and fun of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with hands-on, minds-on activities - all with robots!
Tuxedo Pandas are a program of the New River Robotics Association, an approved non-profit 501(c)(3) organization chartered to promote STEM through the use of robotics and engineering outreach in the New River Valley of Virginia. Our first FTC competition was the 2011 "Bowled Over" event. Many of our members have competed in FIRST Lego League for a few years and enjoy the advanced opportunities offered by this intermediate level of robotics. Our coaches are volunteers with engineering backgrounds and experience in Boy Scouts, Youth Sports, and Teaching.
We think FIRST is an awesome concept: truly a sport for the mind, where we celebrate our geekness and get excited about science, technology, engineering and math!
The Pandas ARE GOING TO CHINA!!!: We have been invited by China FIRST to be FIRST ambassadors at the World Robotics Conference in Beijing, China, November 23-25.