FIRST Robotics

Students posing for a picture in front of a large robot. Since 2000, SVRTC’s Senior Technology Engineer, Bill Wilson, has provided consulting, programming sessions, and traveled to divisions and competitions for FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Program events.  FIRST Robotics Program is an  international non-profit mentoring organization that promotes a vision for students to become leaders in science and technology.  Most recently, SVRTC partnered with Mid-Atlantic Broadband Corporation (MBC) to support robotics in southside Virginia. Through this partnership, MBC was able to establish funding for new SVRTC teams and helped form the Southern Virginia Robotics (SOVAR). SOVAR is an alliance of FIRST robotics teams across Southern Virginia. The goals of the alliance are to share resources, build camaraderie, and encourage the growth of K-12 robotics programs in our region.
The  partnership for the 2017-18 year, SVRTC was able to provide mentoring support to  FIRST Robotics Program  teams within the counties of Amelia, Campbell, Cumberland, Danville, Halifax, Martinsville, Mecklenburg, Lunenburg, Pittsylvania, Surry and Sussex. MBC provided funding to all teams within the SVRTC consortium.
Pictures of SVRTC’s support for FIRST Robotics in southside Virginia can be found in, Robotics Gallery.  You can also visit the SOVAR website for more information.
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