FIRST Robotics Competition Team 8727 GLITCH 2.0 is based out of Asheville High School. This rookie team is growing from the remains of the original GLITCH team, and now has over 30 members! The FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology to form the ultimate Sport for the Mind. These high-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited time and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.

The GLITCH 2.0 team will complete the 2022 season in April and start their vigorous outreach program because they are “more than robots”. They strive to connect with their community and spread the message of STEM to all, but especially to disadvantaged or underrepresented youth. They will bring their robot to Maker Faire to allow live interactive demonstration.