Engineering Inspiration Winners
After a successful season with their robot, “Tobor Stephenson,” Team 3142 is now advancing to the FIRST world championship located at St. Louis, Missouri. This is the first time in two years that the team will be going to this event, and they plan to leave on Tuesday, April 25th, in order to make it to Missouri for Wednesday, April 26th, the first day of the competition. The final day of competition will be on Saturday, the 29th of April, and the team will return on Sunday, April 30th. The opportunity to travel to this massive event, which will be attended by around 600 other teams and about 30,000 students from around the globe, is thanks in large part to the earned awards at the previous competitions, especially the Engineering Inspiration Award won at both Mount Olive and Lehigh, which assisted the team in progressing to the next event. According to FIRST, the Engineering Inspiration Award, “Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community.” It is one of the more prestigious awards available, only beneath the Chairman’s Award. During the Awards Ceremony at Lehigh, it was decided by the judges and stated that, “This team creatively opened the world of engineering through their extensive mentorship and continual expansion at all levels of the FIRST ecosystem. The team’s working philosophy that kids come first, is the best way to enhance interest in STEM related activities and creates a measurable model for their own sustainability. The STEM Barn, media outreach and publications have given their community and school and inspirational wide-angle view of FIRST.” The description and guidelines found on FIRST’s website matches up with the statement at the awards ceremony, and the award automatically qualified the team to attend, along with earning them a grant from NASA for the expense of participation. The team expects to load the bus from 5 to 7pm after school on Tuesday, and then will embark on the 18 hour journey to the state of America’s infamous arch. Our tallest monument in our Country standing 630 ft.