The robotic season is not over for two local teams. Team 4924 Tuxedo Pandas and Team 401 Copperhead Robotics are going to the FIRST Championship in Detroit, Michigan to compete against the nation’s and world’s best robotics teams.


Team 401 Copperhead Robotics is a program of Montgomery County Public Schools for high school students to learn higher robotic skills two nights a week at Christiansburg High School.

FIRST Tech Challenge, FTC, Team 4924 is composed of students from five different schools in Montgomery County who meet at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. They won their spot in the championship by winning the Inspire Award winner and willing alliance at the Richlands competition. At the Virginia State level championship in Richmond on February 2, Team 4924 advanced to, but didn’t win, the final round of completion with their alliance partners in their division.

With this amount of effort on the playing field and winning the Think Award, the seven team members were ranked fourth out of top nine teams to continue to the FIRST Championship in Detroit.

Meanwhile, Team 4924 hosted a FIRST Lego League and a FIRST Tech Challenge tournament in Montgomery County in late 2018. After that, they traveled to Jamaica to help host an FTC event and helped FIRST Global conduct a tournament in Mexico City, Mexico.

“The FIRST World Championship is an exciting celebration of STEM with the best teams in the nation and many other countries…



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