Inaugural FIRST® Tech Challenge AeroCoast League Championship Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) projects.
DS2 was asked to evaluate and judge each of the 13 participating teams and selecting the teams that best displayed the use of the engineering process, community engagement and support of STEM projects.
On January 18th and 19th, Chris Cook of DS2 in Niceville Florida gave many hours of his time to judge the inaugural FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge AeroCoast League Championship. The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. The Tech Challenge is focused on Middle to High School age groups and this year’s “Rover Ruckus” saw robots descending from a lander and sorting and collecting “gold” and “silver” ore, putting it in a claimed “depot” or “loading” it back on the lander before reattaching to the lander and ascending before the time expired.
As a judge, Chris was responsible for evaluating each of the 13 participating teams and selecting the teams that best displayed the use of the engineering process, community engagement and support of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) projects, motivating others to become involved in FIRST activities, developing autonomous control and elegant and innovative design into their robots. Throughout all awards, Chris also evaluated the Gracious Professionalism that each team member displays within their team and to all others (teams, mentors, referees, judges, volunteers, etc.) involved in the competition. The top three teams from this event are on their way to the State event to be held in Jacksonville Feb 22nd and 23rd.
DS2 encourages community involvement in STEM-related events. For information on how you can be involved please don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at DS2.
DS2 recently announced facility build-out has begun on a new DS2 facility located in Valparaiso, FL which includes 4,500 sq. ft. for offices and development labs. In addition, specialty development of R&D space will be added in the 1st quarter of 2019.
DS2 recently won an additional contract to add to its current IT-70 Schedule (Contract: GS-35F-217DA) through the General Services Administration to strengthen its full range of services for professional services.