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AHS Robotics Team Advances to Super-Regional

 DICE
DICE, Ankeny High School's robotics club, placed fourth in the state at the Iowa First Tech Challenge (FTC) Championship advancing them to the North Super-Regional competition.
 
 robotics competition
AHS' robotics team advances to Super-Regional after placing fourth in state.  The club also received the Connect award for their community service.
 
 DICE's robot
AHS' student-built robot earns the team  fourth in state advancing them to Super-Regional. 
 
ANKENY, Iowa (March 16, 2016) - DICE, Ankeny High School's robotics club, placed fourth in the state at the Iowa First Tech Challenge (FTC) Championship advancing them to the North Super-Regional competition where they will compete against teams from 13 states.
 
"DICE’s performance at the state championship earned them their most successful season in seven years of competition," said  Robert Merrill, AHS teacher.  "For the first time, Ankeny High School's' robotics team advanced beyond the state championship to the Super-Regional, a highly competitive event featuring 75 of the best teams in the midwest."
 
DICE also received the Connect Award, an honor representing a team that makes an impact within their community.  The team received the award based on the many outreach events they hosted and participated in over the past year, including the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire, Ankeny SummerFest, events at the library, and many others.
 
"The Connect award represents DICE's hard work throughout the whole year," added Merrill.
 
If DICE advances beyond the Super-Regional, they will qualify for the World Championship.
 
About First Tech Challenge (FTC)
 
The FTC robotics events follow a sports model that allow students to participate in competitions with a robot that they have built. The robotics competitions consist of an "autonomous period" and driver-controlled matches. In the "autonomous period," the robots go through 30 seconds of pre-programmed motions to complete a specific task. In the driver-controlled portion, two robots are pitted against two other robots in a two-minute match. The students do not know who their teammate or opponents for the matches will be until the morning of the competition.