We are Team 5546, known as ART, the ARGS Robotics Team. Located in Petersburg, Virginia, we participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition. As a rookie team, we competed in the 2015 Virginia Regional FRC competition, and won the Rookie All-Star Award. This award allowed us to go to St. Louis, Missouri, where we participated in the FRC Championships. Being our first year as a team, we have learned so much from this experience, and going to championships gave us an amazing opportunity to learn from the teams that have been doing this for years.
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The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international robotics competition with over 32,000 teams participating. Each year the robots are challenged to a new game, and teams must design, build and program their robot accordingly over a six week period. The most intensive part of the year is from January to April, however there are many off season challenges and team meetings throughout the year. While this is a competition, FIRST stresses “Gracious professionalism” and a collaborative environment for all teams. There are many scholarship opportunities for team members, with $19 million awarded in 2014 alone. For more information, please see the FIRST website at usfirst.org.
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