|The competition area.|
I'd heard about programs like this in passing before, but this was the first one that I visited in person. I learned about it from a fellow Rose-Hulman alumnus who is an adviser in the program. At his suggestion, I dropped by for an hour or so, just to get a feel for the event.
|A robot and supporting gear, on its way home to its booth after a match.|
|One of the pit booth areas.|
The robots themselves are pretty neat for a technology nerd like myself, but the part of the event that stood out most was just how many youngsters were there having a good time at a science and technology event. The support structure was impressive as well, with financial sponsors and adult advisers that worked with every team. FIRST is doing some great work. I hope they can continue to provide fun competition and learning opportunities for a good long time.