TRC’s FIRST Tech Challenge







An experienced scientist and photographer, Benjamin Perlin combines artistry and science in creating the best possible images by implementing new darkroom techniques such as solarizing and cyanotype. Benjamin “Ben” Perlin has a member of the Tennessee Robotics Club (TRC) for eight years now.

TRC is an educational non-profit which aims is to provide learning opportunities for the students in Middle Tennessee, particularly in robotics. TRC is supported by the Middle Tennessee Home Educators Association as an educational institution sponsor and the NASA Robotics Alliance as robotics program growth sponsor.

TRC implements two levels of robotics program: the FIRST Tech Challenge, which is for students in grades 7 to 12; and the FIRST Robotics Competition, which is for students in grades 9 to 12. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”

In the FIRST Tech Challenge, teams with at least 10 members take on the challenge of designing, building, programming, and operating robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge. The teams are supervised by adult coaches and mentors. The challenge provides students with opportunities to harness their STEM skills and to apply engineering principles. It also teaches them the significance of innovation and the value of hard work.

Additionally, students are taught to raise funds, market their brand, and participate in community outreach. Moreover, students have the chance to access millions of dollars in college scholarship grants.


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