Robotics Showdown: 24 Central Florida Teams Put Engineering Skills to the Test
- More than 200 Central Florida high school students gathered at Lockheed Martin to participate in a robotics competition
- The competition challenged 24 teams of students to design robots to overcome complex requirements
- Lockheed Martin ELDPs invested more than 450 hours mentoring the students and preparing for the competition
Twenty-four high school teams put their hand-designed robots to the test as they sought to overcome a challenging course to take home a winner’s trophy and a year’s worth of bragging rights.
More than 200 Central Florida high school students gathered to cheer on their teams’ robots at the 11th annual high school robotics competition hosted at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control as part of National Engineers Week.
High School Robotics Competition
On Tuesday, Feb. 24, the students met their competition for a robotics showdown at the robotics competition arena. The course was full of complex challenges that served as requirements for the robots. Four teams competed at a time in two-on-two match ups. The course, represented graphically above, demanded agility, wit and strength.
Agility was required as robots navigated the small opening of the cornucopia to retrieve foam balls and maneuver around other teams.
Wit was demonstrated through tag-team trivia challenges: if teams raced their robots up the ramps to activate the challenges, two teammates would step in to solve problems like mathematic equations and engineering feats to earn more points.
Strength proved necessary as robots launched foam balls at enemy obstructions to gain points.
In order to prepare for the competition, teams of students from Apopka, Boone, Dr. Phillips, Edgewater, Freedom, Lake Highland, Oak Ridge, Ocoee, Olympia, Osceola and West Orange high schools spent eight weeks with their Lockheed Martin Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP) mentors learning hands-on engineering tips to overcome the course’s challenges.
Partner teams from Dr. Phillips and Boone high schools were crowned victors in the final round, and a team from Apopka High School was awarded “Most Innovative” robot design.
Second Place Co-Teams:
Most Innovative Design:
—Sarah Popp, Lockheed Martin ELDP, robotics competition lead and Dr. Phillips High School mentor
National Engineers Week
Lockheed Martin relies on its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges, like expeditions to Mars, cybersecurity, next-generation aircraft technology, elite air and missile defense. Lockheed Martin recognizes the critical need for future STEM leaders across the nation and actively invests in the next generation of innovators.
—Sean Delvecchio, Lockheed Martin ELDP and Olympia High School mentor
Every year, Lockheed Martin engineers across the United States celebrate National Engineers Week by sharing their passion for STEM in their local communities. This year, Lockheed Martin facilities in Central Florida coordinated hands-on opportunities – like site visits, robotics competitions and trivia challenges – to engage more than 1,900 local students in STEM.
These annual robotics competitions allow students to gain exposure to practical engineering scenarios and work in teams to solve complex problems.
—Christopher Newkirk, Lockheed Martin ELDP and Ocoee High School mentor
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