Are you a high school student who is fascinated by the world of robotics and the cool things robots can do?
Do you have a passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math? Do you like to think outside the box while embracing teamwork?
Johnston Community College is recruiting passionate, creative, hardworking high school students to join the county’s first NC FIRST robotics team.
Named the JoCo Robos, the team will transform hundreds of components into a sophisticated robot and then enter the creation in the 2016 NC FIRST Robotics 5th District Competition.
In partnership with Campbell University, JCC is hosting this year’s NC FIRST event April 2-3 at the Pope Convocation Center in Buies Creek. This year’s theme is “Sport for the Mind,” combining the thrill of sports and the excitement of science and technology.
JCC launched its associate’s degree program in engineering this fall, and the NC FIRST robotics team is an excellent opportunity to introduce and recruit high school students to engineering courses at the college, said Dr. David Johnson, JCC president.
“Johnston County is home to many amazing smart students with their sights on becoming engineers, inventors, scientists and leaders of the future, and we are so excited about this opportunity to host the first Johnston County NC FIRST team and showcase their talents and abilities at the district competition,” Johnson said.
Dawn Dixon, dean of arts, sciences and learning resources at JCC, said the FIRST competition gives students real-world experience in teamwork and problem solving, allows them to learn from adult mentors, and offers scholarship opportunities.
“The experience students get from FIRST is invaluable,” Dixon said. “Not only are they enhancing their science and math skills, but they are also building their strategic-thinking abilities that will help them for life.”
JCC faculty will be supporting the event April 2-3. Dr. Katherine Stevenson-Chavis, lead engineering instructor at JCC, is a judge, and Dr. Deborah Porto, dean of business and advanced technologies, is a robot inspector.
Apply to be a member of the JoCo Robos at www.johnstoncc.edu/programs/arts-sciences/associate-engineering/joco-robos/index.aspx. The deadline to apply is Oct. 2.
NC FIRST is a nonprofit organization created to inspire young people to pursue further studies and careers in science and technology and to help students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the technologically-driven global economy. NC FIRST is part of US FIRST, a national nonprofit.