Last week in St. Louis more than 18,000 students took part in the world’s largest robotics competition, the FIRST Robotics Championship. Open to kids ages 6-18 the competition combines the rigors of robotics and technology education with the thrill of sports.
After several months of competition in regional contests, those winners moved on to the FIRST Robotics Championship which took place April 22-25. Over the course of a three-day competition, a roaring crowd of more than 40,000 watched as a team of students were crowned FIRST world robotics champions.
Watch the FIRST Robotics Championship competition video online here
FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, and was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people.
Today, the event has earned support from more than 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $21 million in college scholarships. The not-for-profit organization hosts exciting, hands-on robotics and invention challenges with the FIRST(r) Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST(r) Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST(r) LEGO(r) League for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST(r) LEGO(r) League for Grades K-3.
Four teams from League City, Texas, and Davis, Clovis, and Palmdale, California of the Newton Subdivision won the coveted FIRST® Robotics Competition Championship Winning Alliance.
In total, more than 900 teams from 40 countries competed in the four FIRST programs: FIRST® LEGO® League; FIRST® Tech Challenge; and FIRST® Robotics Competition. In addition to the high-energy robotics matches, 60 teams of 6 to 9-year-olds participated in the Junior FIRST® LEGO® League World Festival Expo.
To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.