Stephen Darling - 7th Grader from Barnard
Competes at FIRST Robotics Championship in Detroit
April 26, 2018
Stephen Darling, a 7th grader from Barnard is a part of the 17 member team representing all of Vermont and competing in the FIRST Robotics championship. The competition is being held this week in Detroit. The Vermont team has members from a variety of schools from around the Upper Valley.
A source close to Stephen says he attributes his start in robotics and computer programming to Barnard Academy technology teacher Eileen Vaughn and science teacher Nancy Boymer.
Here are a couple of key points about the competition as published in an article in the Detroit News.
Detroit is hosting the competition for the first time and will continue hosting it in 2019 and 2020.
The event is expected to attract more than 40,000 people and bring $30 million to the state economy of Michigan.
Students from 25 states and 45 countries are participating in the competition.
There are 3 levels of competition. FIRST Robotics, ages 14 – 18; FIRST Tech Challenge, ages 12 – 18; FIRST Lego League, ages 9 – 16.