Published March 7, 2018
Story By Michael Meuers, Photo by Allan Olson
GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA – The Red Lake Senior High School (Red Lake Ogichidaag Team #7235), participated in their first robotics event March 2 and 3, 2018 at the first ever Great Northern Regional Robotics Event held in Grand Forks, ND.
At the event, the Ogichidaag were awarded the Rookie Inspiration Award – which according to FIRST Robotics; “Celebrates a rookie team’s outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school, as well as in their community.”
The Ogichidaag include; Quentin Chaboyea, Diamond Cloud, and Calista Nichols. Red Lake Teacher Tami Liberty is the advisor. Red Lake High School sponsored the team.
There were 47 teams and 3 rookie teams – including Red Lake that participated. The Cass Lake/Bena girls Team #3134 were the recipients of the Gracious Professionalism Award.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501©(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21 st century work-life skills.
FIRST – Guidelines
- Effectiveness and inventiveness of the team’s efforts to recruit students to engineering
- Extent and effectiveness of the team’s community outreach efforts
- A commitment to science and technology education among the team
- Ability to communicate understanding of the FIRST mission at the competition and away from it