Written by Staff
By Will Jukes
The Irving Convention Center hosted FIRST Robotics Competition for their regional tournament on Friday, March 23. Teams of roboticists from grades 9 to 12 pitted their robots against one another in timed matches during which points were scored by shooting Frisbees at goals and climbing pyramid-shaped towers.
FIRST Robotics Competition was founded by Dean Kamen, best known as the inventor of the Segway, the iBOT, and other novel transportation systems. Kamen founded FIRST in an effort to inspire more young people to pursue careers in science and technology, fields that were—and are—suffering from a lack of human capital.
But it's not just about fun and robots; FIRST partners young people with mentors from all corners of the science and technology industries, from university students to working engineers. Major sponsors of FIRST include Boeing and Lockheed-Martin who contribute significantly to the mentoring program and, hoping to connect with students, maintain an independent presence as well.
Read the complete story in the Mar. 30 edition of The Rambler.