Courtesy of Western Nevada College
What’s next? We already have Megatron, R2-D2, Optimus Prime and Rosie.
On back-to-back days at Western Nevada College, students immersed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education showed what they could do when their minds were stimulated through technology and robotics.
FIRST TECH CHALLENGE MEET
WNC hosted a FIRST Tech Challenge league meet on Wednesday, providing middle school and high school students from the area with a venue to compete with robots that they built as a team. The students designed, created, programmed and operated the robots for a head-to-head challenge against other teams from Northern
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology has been inspiring teens and preteens since 1992 and now has expanded into providing local, regional and national tournaments emphasizing robotics, technology and LEGOs. FIRST takes pride in students building their STEM skills while fostering confidence, teamwork, speaking
and networking to cultivate science and teaching leaders of the future.
Private and school-based teams from Northern Nevada participated in the FIRST Tech Challenge league meet. Made up of Carson High School and Eagle Valley Middle School students, Carson City’s two teams battled teams from Reno and Virginia City.
The Coral Academy Motor Breakers won the competition, while the Carson City teams, Team Captain and Team Kaptain, finished second and third, respectively. The Boys & Girls Club of America Codebusters placed fourth and the Sonic Screwdrivers from Virginia City came in fifth.
Four years ago, Carson City FIRST team coach Scot Duncan became involved with FIRST when his daughter and her friends started a FIRST LEGO League team as fifth-graders. Their interest and expertise took them to different championships around the country. Those memorable experiences with FIRST encouraged them to transition to the FIRST Tech Challenge program thriving in Carson City.
Read the full article at carsonvalleytimes.com.
WNC’s commitment to educating students to work in the region’s expanding manufacturing and technology sectors has spawned a Manufacturing Technician Certification program. Individuals can take three classes (online and in-class options) in one semester to become certified to work in an above entry-level-position in Advanced Manufacturing. For more information about Manufacturing Technician training, contact Howarth at Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org or at 775-445-3000.
Students and families who are interested in WNC’s CTE Jump Start College for high school students should talk with their local high school or WNC’s CTE division.