First Robotics Competetion (FRC)

How does RML support the K-12 community?

Since spring term 2016, we have taken the initiative and role to Mentor a First Robotics Competition (FRC) Program at “Blacksburg High School”, a local high school located in the Blacksburg, VA area. The team includes high school students (grades 9 – 12) challenged to build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors, as well as raise funds, design a team “brand,” and hone teamwork skills. As volunteer professional mentors, we lend our time and the talents of the graduate and undergraduate students working in the Robotics & Mechatronics Lab (RML), as well as other undergraduate students recruited from COE to guide the team throughout the entire process. The interactions involve the following major activities: (1) provide access to VT Robotics and Mechatronics research lab; (2) Arrange and conduct workshops and seminars for the students.

AutoDrive Competition Team

Mentor for the AutoDrive Competition Team

Taking part in Virginia Tech's participation to compete in the AutoDrive Challenge. For additional information, please read the article "Virginia Tech earns spot to compete in 2017 AutoDrive Challenge" published by VT News, April 2017.