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 (open) Practice: Most Every Saturday, from 1pm until... Contact us on Facebook (links on the left)
Team members practice at 4pm on Fridays.
Location: Fieldstone UMC, basement (access via the lower right side of the building)
Top row, left to right:
Sarah S, Laurel Springs Online School
Alexis M, Christiansburg High School
Laura H. Blacksburg Middle School
Kara S. Shawsville Middle School
Bottom row, left to right:
Ethan B, Christiansburg High School
Katie L. Blacksburg High School
Kallista W, Blacksburg High School
Austin D, Blacksburg High School
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 (from zero to six 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!