2017 Festival: FIRST®

FIRST® – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

FIRSTThe Mathematical Sciences Research Institute welcomes FIRST® to the 2017 National Math Festival!

FIRST® engages kids from kindergarten through high school in exciting, mentor-based research and robotics programs that help them become science and technology leaders. Over 140,000 high school students compete in exciting hands-on robotics challenges. Learn more at firstinspires.org.

Robotics and the Math Connection

Join high school students from FIRST® teams and their mentors as they explore the math behind building a winning robot. (Meet the robots, too!)

Math and the Holonomic Drive: the Pursuit of a Smooth Ride

FTC 7217 Hail HydraulicsFIRST Tech Challenge Team “Hail Hydraulics” of Bristol, Virginia employed a holonomic drive on their robot. A holonomic drive system allows a vehicle to travel in any direction without changing its orientation. When they got to the programming of the robot, they discovered that a holonomic drive was incredibly more complex than anticipated!

Listen closely to a story of surprises—twists, turns, many problems surfaced and solved—as two of their team members, Walker Little and William Barrett, both seniors at Virginia High School, explain the many ins and outs of mathematical discovery the six-person team encountered in building their 18” robot. (Meet the robot, too!)

Over the past few years, the Hail Hydraulics team has won the Motivate Award, the Parametric Technology Corporation Design Award, and the Control Award in regional robotics competitions. The other team members are Stephen Kusick, Jamie Rector, Wyatt Elliott, and Rachel Locke.