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Queen City Robotics Alliance Spring and Summer Events

Summer is almost here…

The volunteers and teams at Queen City Robotics Alliance (QCRA) are having a busy spring. Our FRC teams were in action at FIRST® FRC tournaments and we have two special events – SIM Tech on the Tees and Hops & Bots – happening in May. Here is a rundown:

Team YETI goes to FRC Worlds

For the second year in a row, FRC Team 3506 YETI Robotics® qualified for the FIRST FRC World Championships, which took place in Houston April 17-21. The team competed with 600 national and international teams and was the team’s 6th appearance in total. After two days of competition, Team YETI finished 8th qualifying them as the 8th seed Alliance captain in the playoffs, the highest ranking at FRC Worlds in the team’s 14-year existence. The team also competed for the Impact Award for the first time. The highlight of the event was a meet and greet with FIRST Robotics founder entrepreneur Dean Kamen. Congratulations to Team YETI!

SIM Charlotte partners with QCRA for two events in May

QCRA sponsor Charlotte Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) is holding their Q2 meeting at The Zone on May 2 with the theme “Connecting Tech Leaders with the Future of Robotics.” Hosting meetings and other events at The Zone is one of the perks of QCRA Adopt-a-room sponsorship. This event is only open to members of SIM Charlotte.

QCRA is also thankful to SIM Charlotte for including us in their SIM Tech on the Tees charity golf tournament on Monday, May 20, at Ballantyne Country Club. SIM organized this event to support STEM education organizations and programs raising over $850,000 over the last 10 years. SIM Charlotte has been a vital partner in QCRA’s mission.

“The way QCRA fosters interest and access to technology for our area’s youth,” says Chris Long, SIM Charlotte President, “is a great example of the kind of non-profit that SIM supports in our mission to grow and develop a diverse pool of future technology leaders.”

QCRA Hops & Bots fundraiser May 31

Hops & Bots, QCRA’s annual fund-raising event, will be Friday, May 31, from 5-7:30 PM at The Zone, 2102 Cambridge Beltway Dr., Suite B. This networking and robot demonstration event brings together businesses, people, and parents to raise money and learn how QCRA helps area robotics students. This will be the first time this event has been held in QCRA’s home facility, The Zone. QCRA robotics students will be giving robot demonstrations and tours of the facility and light hors d’ oeuvres, local craft beer, and soft drinks will be served. The highlight of the evening will be keynote speaker Stephen Saucier, M.Ed., President of Sullenberger Aviation Museum.