Ojai Valley School will serve as the host venue for the expanding FIRST FTC competitive robotics league in the Southern California/LA Region — a distinction that highlights the school’s position as a leader in K-12 technology education and robotics programming.
Each regional league can host up to 16 teams and most leagues are full. The FIRST FTC robotics organizers this year opened a new league, with OVS as host, in the northern part of the So Cal region due to a large increase in new teams.
“There are many benefits we look forward to as hosts,” said Chris Westcott, who teaches high school math, computer science, and robotics at the Upper Campus. “We will have more control over when competitions are held. Also, by hosting we no longer need to get up at 5 a.m. for a two-hour, one-way commute and spend four-plus hours on the road on those days.
“But most importantly,” he continued, “we look forward to promoting robotics in Ventura County and hope to encourage the start of other competitive teams locally. Finally, we look forward to giving our OVS community better exposure and access to the amazing robotics program that has emerged at OVS in recent years.”
The robotics competitions will be held on four Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to noon, on November 10, December 1, January 12 and January 26 at the Greenberg Activities Center at the Lower Campus.