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!
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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.
Pandas in the News:
Fox 21/27 Feature on the Tuxedo Pandas. 3/12/2013
Story & Video on Richmond PBS/NPR WCVE 3/7/13 - The "Science Matters" video at the bottom is a great 2 minute synopsis of the State Tournament
Follow-up on WSLS-10: See Tuxedo Pandas with Will.i.am - 5/6/2013
Will.i.am at the 2011 World Championship - see what a World Championship looks like - it's a VERY big deal! The Edward Jones dome fills up, and for 4 days, there are more geeks per square meter than a Star Trek convention! Celebrating science, technology, engineering & math (STEM), in a competitive, cooperative super-fest of robotics, from 1st through 12th grade.
Regular (team) Practice: Most Every Saturday, from 1pm until... Contact us on Facebook (links on the left)
Open practice for team plus our Panda-for-a-Day Guests: 4pm on Fridays.
Location: 2200 Kraft Drive, Suite 1450, Blacksburg, in the Corporate Research Center (VT Knowledge Works building is 2200 Kraft Drive, located on the end closest to the BT bus stop/Kraft Drive).
Team 4924 has 4 girls and 6 boys:
K.C. C. Blacksburg High School
Ethan B, Christiansburg High School
Jamie D, Blacksburg High School
AustinD, Blacksburg High School
Charlotte D., Blacksburg Middle School
Chloe M., Christiansburg Middle School
Alexis M, Christiansburg High School
Laura H. Blacksburg High School
Becca M. Blacksburg High School
William T. Home Schooled
We practice in a space generously provided by The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, convenient to both Blacksburg and Christiansburg towns of Virginia. Our first FTC competition was the 2011 "Bowled Over" event, where we were fortunate enough to advance to the Virginia State competition. 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. We started our team under the wings of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 401, the Hokie Guard, a classroom-based program within Montgomery County Public Schools.
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!