BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 3044 is finishing their build season and will compete in the FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional Tournament on March 16-18 at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
They will then compete in the New York Tech Valley Regional Competition which will be held March 29 to April 1 at MVP Arena in Albany.
The FIRST Robotics Competition season kicked off in early January when the 2023 Charged Up Challenge presented by Haas Game Animation was released. In this year’s competition, the FIRST Robotics Competition teams are inspired to see the potential of energy storage in a new light as they compete to charge up their communities.
Under strict rules, limited time and resources, teams of students are challenged through the FIRST Robotics Competition to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. The program is as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
In addition to working on their robot for the 2023 season, FRC Team 3044 provided mentorship to FIRST Lego League Challenge (FLL) Teams and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Teams from Ballston Spa Central School District.
The Ballston Spa Central School District is able to offer opportunities in robotics to students through the support of sponsors including Ballston Spa National Bank, GlobalFoundries/Town of Malta Foundation, Eastern Heating & Cooling, Inc., HMS Agency, Bechtel Foundation, Generations Auto Repair, Aquatic Development Group and Coffee Planet.