Innovation and Inspiration

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Four Rancho Santa Fe robotics teams from R. Roger Rowe School – RSF Singularity, RSF Intergalactic Dragons, RSF Logitechies, and RSF Virtual Vipers – recently competed in the San Diego FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) League Tournament held at Tri-City Christian School in Vista, three of which advanced to the San Diego Regional Championship. RSF Singularity, which consists of team members Brandon Powell, Dylan Powell, Jacob Malter, Kanvar Soin, Jack Pollin, Carlee Weber, and J.T. Young, took home top honors by earning the prestigious Inspire Award. The judged award is given to the team that most embodies the “challenge” of the FTC program, is a gracious competitor, and serves as an inspiration to other teams.

FTC is a program for students in grades 7 through 12, designed to inspire young people to be innovators and leaders in science and technology. Teams work together to design, build, program, and operate a robot to compete in a head-to-head challenge with other local teams. They must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and perform community outreach to win awards. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills while learning the value of hard work, innovation, and teamwork. Participants also have access to millions of dollars in college scholarships. For more information about the FTC program go to www.sdftc.org.