NC Gears Middle Schoolers Reach Semi-Finals In State Competition
NC Gears Team 6043, Newaygo County’s middle school robotics team, was a stand-out team at the First Tech Challenge (FTC) State Championship at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek last week. At the end of the qualification rounds, Team 6043 was ranked #2 out of 32 teams in the “Edison Division” earning them the title of an Alliance Captain to lead a 3-team alliance in the playoff matches. NC Gears selected the “Steel Eagles” from Hartland Middle School, the “CSPA Miners” of Charyl Stockwell Academy. Although the alliance put up some impressive scores, their run for the championship ended with a loss in the semi-finals.
NC Gears is part of FIRST Robotics and inspires our young people to be science and technology leaders. Each year, FIRST comes up with a new game, and...
...teams design and build the “athlete” robot to play it. The Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency (NC RESA) Career-Tech Center hosts two teams of 7th and 8th grade students throughout the county. They worked hard to learn the rules of the 2016 game, “Velocity Vortex,” and built robots to meet the competitive challenges of the game. Each member of the team devoted different skills, talents, and experiences that won them a place in the semi-finals.
Adult volunteers contributed much time, effort, patience, and guidance during the season. Wayne Tenbrink, Greg Brock, Mike Hasser, and Randy Schafer guided and coached our middle schoolers through gracious professionalism to learn more about themselves and real-world challenges. High School NC Gears FIRST Robotics members: Hannah Merdzinski, Heather Schafer, Eric Schafer, Andrew Redder, and Spencer Johnston, provided invaluable knowledge and skills to enhance their successful season.
NC Gears is funded in part by grants from The Gerber Foundation and Fremont Area Community Foundation. NC RESA offers a continuum of school year and summer programs through middle school exploratories and College for Kids. More information can be found on our website at www.ncresa.org.