JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)– Hands On! Museum hosted its “Hands On Robots” Saturday, May 7th.
The exposition offered visitors the opportunity to learn more about robotics.
Seven First Robotics and First Lego League teams from area middle and high schools each brought their own custom-built robot and demonstrate how it is programmed, controlled, and used in competition.
Hands–on opportunities will be available for Museum visitors to try their hand at controlling a Lego “Mindstorm” robotand complete tasks by autonomous programming. Team 5022, Rat Rod Robotics, will have their most recent competition robot that can be operated with this year’s obstacles.
Each of these schools are participants in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition during which each team has only six weeks and limited resources to build and program a robot to perform specific, challenging tasks during competition.
“It’s just to showcase the public what we are doing in Washington county as far as STEM goes, and as far as robotics goes,” said Guy McAmis with Washington County Robotics. “There are good stepping stones to engineering careers, electronics engineering, and electrical engineering.”
Teams participating in Hands On Robots Day include FIRST Lego League teams from Boones Creek Middle, Grandview, Gray, Jonesborough Middle, South Central, and Sulphur Springs; as well as FIRST Robotics team 5022 from David Crockett and Daniel Boone High Schools.
“FIRST offers learning opportunities in technical fields and prepares students for future careers. It also teaches the value of sportsmanship and cooperation. It’s a life lesson as well as a robotics competition,” said Christian Platt, design team leader for Rat Rod Robotics.
The Rat Rod Robotics team, made of students from David Crockett and Daniel Boone High Schools, recently won the creativity award at the Smoky Mountains Regional “FIRST STRONGHOLDSM” competition in Knoxville, TN.
FIRST is recognized as the leading, not-for-profit STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) engagement program for kids worldwide. Their program offers challenges for grades K-12 and gives students an opportunity to learn life skills, in addition to robotics.
“We are excited to host this event at the Museum,” said Andy Marquart, Executive Director. “Utilizing Museum space to promote this kind of STEM education is a great opportunity and resonates with the core of our mission.”
The Hands–On Robotics events was free with admission to Hands On! Museum. For more information, visit handsonmuseum.org.