2023 Robotics Competition
Many people are familiar with the term STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). STEM, which was developed in the early 2000s, is an education and career pathway that emphasizes the importance of these areas to increasing participation and job growth in related careers.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of students ages 4-18 from more than 110 countries come together to tackle tough, real-world problems through FIRST®, a global community that helps young people discover their passions for STEM through exciting, hands-on robotics-based challenges. Because many of these challenge competitions take place on Sabbath, Adventist Robotics was founded so that Adventist Christian schools from across the North American Division could participate in this exciting and engaging program.
In March, the Southwest Region Conference hosted one of the regional competitions at Lone Star Camp in Athens, Texas. Three Southwestern Union schools, Bentonville Seventh-day Adventist School, Excel Adventist Academy and North Dallas Adventist Academy advanced to the national Adventist Robotics competition that was held in May at Forest Lake Academy in Apopka, Florida.
On March 17-19, 2023, the Southwest Region Conference will once again host one of the regional Adventist Robotics competitions at Lone Star Camp. We are expecting 15 to 20 teams at next year’s competition. The Southwest Region competition is the only regional competition that offers an entire weekend of spiritual emphasis, as well as a friendly robotic competition using the FIRST Legos Challenge platform and we invite Adventist schools to participate.
If your school would like to participate in this year’s competition or you would like to volunteer, contact Southwest Region Education Superintendent and Tournament Director Buford Griffith, III, at BGriffith@swrgc.org or 214.943.4491.
By Buford Griffith, III, Southwest Region Conference Education Superintendent