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FIRST Robotics Team 1817, Llano Estacado RoboRaiders

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  • The Llano Estacado RoboRaiders, FIRST Robotics Team 1817, is it's sixth year of competition.
  • FIRST Robotics is the flagship competition for high school students founded by Dean Kamen and Woody Flowers at MIT.
  • Teams receive a kit of parts and the game rules the first Saturday in the September.
  • Robots have to be sealed for competition six weeks later.
  • Regional competitions are held in many cities, including Houston, Dallas, and San and Antonio.
  • Teams compete on three team alliances randomly chosen in the seeding rounds.
  • Competition, semifinal, and final round alliances are chosen by the eight leading teams at the end of seeding.
  • Winning alliances advance to the international competition.
  • RoboRaider mentors are Texas Tech undergraduates and graduate students who work with the high school students to develop technical, leadership, and teaming skills throughout the year.
  • These Texas Tech students also support other robotics competitions including BEST Robotics and GEAR.
  • Team 1817 has enlisted the help of other engineering student organizations including the National Association of Black Engineers, the Association of Women in Electrical Engineering, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers student chapters.
Sponsoring Department

Whitacre College of Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Richard Gale
Professor & Team Sponsor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
806.742.3533 x252

Project Time Period

Six Week Competition
Start 1st Saturday in September

Target Age Group

Grades 9-12

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