From a press release:
The Dickerson Middle School (DMS) Robotics team won big in its FIRST Tech Challenge tournaments! FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a robotics competition targeted toward middle and high school-aged students. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete on a 12 X 12’ field in an Alliance format against other teams.
In their first competition, the DMS Robo Raiders picked up the “Think Award.” This honor is given to the team that best reflects the “journey” the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during their build season. The “Engineering Notebook” is the key reference for judges to help identify the most deserving team.
The team’s Engineering Notebook focuses on the design and build stage of the team’s robot. Journal entries of interest to judges for this award include those describing the steps, brainstorms, designs, re‐designs, successes, and those ‘interesting moments’ when things weren’t going as planned.
On Feb. 2, the team picked up its second award of the season, the “Motivate Award.” This award celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the FTC competition through team spirit and enthusiasm.