Youth get the chance to play in high tech wonderland in Warren

Warren Robotics

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Packard Company was known for its electronics.

The museum is still holding up that tradition by hosting an expo for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics teams on Saturday.

It’s a high-tech wonderland in Warren.

“Robotics is an activity that we really enjoy, we started out in sixth grade as a Lego team and together have been doing engineering activities since second grade,” said Tyler Thieding, Team TBD Aurora.

They’ve come a long way since Legos.

Their robot is loaded with sensors and includes parts they made with a 3-D printer they won in an essay contest.

“This part over here was the hardest to 3-D model and print due to the size constraints of the robot and the limitations of the printer itself,” Thieding said.

Teams from all across the area built their robots, programmed them and took them to competition in April.

“The whole point of this is to bring together all these teams and to make a bigger spectacle for the community. To show off what we’ve accomplished, much of which we’ve accomplished by working together,” said Travis Hoffman, Delphi E.L.I.T.E. Mentor.

Girard’s RoboCats placed in the top 100 teams.

And there was over 2,000 teams so I’m really proud of how we did this year,” said Nick Walker, RoboCats Girard.

“If I’m going to be in a college class, and we are doing a lab and we’re getting hands on with this kind of stuff, I will be a step ahead of everyone else,” Walker said.

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