Cape Tech to Host Robotics Challenge Today

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich

HARWICH – Cape Cod Regional Technical High School is putting out a call for future scientists and engineers who would like to take part in a Robotics Challenge.

The challenge set for today is a partnership between Cape Tech, the Massachusetts National Guard, and Skills USA geared toward students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

“They’re going to be constructing and working with robots to simulate an urban search and rescue mission,” said Pat O’Neill a History teacher at Cape Tech who also serves as an advisor to the Skills USA program,

“They will build the robots, they will put them together, and then they will do an obstacle course where they will simulate an urban search and rescue.”

The event challenges the students to engineer a robot which can navigate a unique obstacle course with the objective of finding and removing an object within a specified time. Students will utilize the Tetrix Kit, used extensively by SkillsUSA which consists of heavy duty, air-craft grade aluminum elements, powerful drive motors and wireless cameras.

The Robotics Challenge will be held from 9AM until 1PM at the Cape Tech campus in Harwich.

The National Guard will be offering their Urban Search and Rescue Robotics Challenge at no cost.

O’Neill said that this is an excellent opportunity for all involved,

“Importantly, I think for us is to bring together our high school students in a mentoring role with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, our future students, here and have them work together to complete projects and tasks and I think it builds fellowship and will hopefully be a really successful weekend.” he said.

Interested middle schoolers should act fast because space is limited. Register or learn more at


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