The Glenholme School in Washington is gearing up for its robotics program with FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

The Glenholme Robotics Team, GHS 1337 Squad, will soon kick off their FIRST Technical Challenge, FTC, with a crew of 10 high school age students.

The FTC competition level requires the team to utilize a variety of academic and social skills.

The fabrication of the robot encompasses engineering, animation and design.

The presentation and public speaking portion will test the team's language arts abilities.

Competitions traditionally begin in January and culminate in April, with the FIRST Technical Challenge World Championship to be held under the Georgia Dome.

Last year, Glenholme's rookie GHS 1337 Squad placed sixth at tournaments in Palmer, Mass., and West Hartford and was distinguished with FIRST Tech Challenge Connect and Innovate awards.

Industrial arts instructors, programmers and engineers with mechanical or electrical backgrounds interested in mentoring the team may contact Linda Chave at lchave@devereux.org or Trevor Sawlor at tsawler@devereux.org.