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Fresta Valley Christian School Robotics team wins first place at regional tournament

Monday, Apr. 14 | By Fauquier Times Staff
The Fresta Valley team with their winning robot.
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The Fresta Valley Christian School in Marshall Robotics Team recently pulled off an exciting first-place win at the DC Regional Robotics Competition at George Mason University in Fairfax.

The team will now go to St. Louis on April 24-26 for the World Championship. There, 240 teams will compete for the title “Best Robotics Team in the World.”

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) Robotics offers training in science and technology for rising 9th – 12th graders. The first Saturday in January, NASA televises its new game challenge to teams from around the world. This year’s game was “Aerial Assist,” a fast-paced game in which robots score two-foot diameter balls through goals on either side of a playing field – think basketball for robots. Each team then has six weeks to create a well-designed, maneuverable robot to compete regionally, hoping to advance to the World Championship.

The team’s road to the championship began in Cleveland, Ohio on March 19-22. The team ranked 5th out of 54 teams, and the 2nd seeded team chose 1731 to be part of their three-team alliance. This alliance advanced to the semi-finals but suffered a loss when a key electrical component of the robot failed.

At the DC Regional on March 27-29, Team 1731 placed 2nd of 51 teams and joined an alliance with two other teams and took first place in the region. Team 1731 hopes to return from St. Louis as “Best Robotics Team in the World.”

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