by Allan Olson
Grand Forks, ND 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.
- Effectiveness and inventiveness of the team's efforts to
recruit students to engineering
- Extent and effectiveness of the team's community outreach
- A commitment to science and technology education among the
- Ability to communicate understanding of the FIRST mission
at the competition and away from it