Saturday, Jan. 3rd was an exciting day for robot lovers around the world, the FIRST* Robotics competition kicked off with about 75,000 students in grades 9-12 from schools around the world participating in the program.
Every year the game changes, teams have to build an entirely new robot. This year’s game is called Recycle Rush. Teams have to build robots that can pick up and stack totes and recyclables containers, then place trash in those containers. Sounds like a fantastic theme to me!
FIRST began in 1992. Their mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
FIRST has a few other programs including Junior FIRST Lego League (Grades K-3), FIRST Lego League (Grades 4-8), FIRST Tech Challenge (Grades 7-12).
Learn more at the FIRST website.
*FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.