By Contributed Report

Posted Feb 20, 2018 at 2:01 AM

PRINCE GEORGE — Prince George Schools fielded another FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team in 2017-2018 for the fifth year in a row. The team—Robot Life—was based at Prince George High School and also included students from N.B. Clements Junior High School. They attended their tournament on Feb. 3 at Heritage High School in Newport News.

“FIRST Relic Recovery” was the FTC theme for this year, and team members were William Auton, Keith Bosher, Noah Craft, Michael Davis, Sheyanne Elsen, Jordan Landers, and Nate Wootton. Their adult coaches were Blake Cox and Sharon Jadrnak.

The team used TETRIX robot parts, Android devices (cell phones), and the Java programming language to construct their robot. Robots must fit into a box that is 18 inches on each side, and they have two and a half minutes to compete on the playing field and score points with a partner. This year the robot was able to autonomously move off of a platform then pick up blocks and place them in a collection area.

FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” and is an international effort “to show students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all.” For more information, visit

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