International robotics competition now underway

The organization For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) aims to introduce kids to the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) field in an engaging way. The U.S. FIRST robotics competition, which is now underway in St. Louis, aims to facilitate the sharing of ideas among kids in the STEM field.


The organization For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is hosting their 25th robotics competition in an effort to promote and encourage science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) to school-age students. The 2014 U.S. FIRST robotics competition is taking place April 23-26, at the Edward James Dome. Organizers expect more than 400 robots created by as many as 12,000 students from 38 countries as they compete for college scholarships, according to a U.S. FIRST press release.

Middle- and high-school students will compete with team-designed robots in aerial, technical, and electrical disciplines. Elementary- and middle-school students will present projects based on earth's natural disasters and possible solutions.

The closing ceremonies and awards will take place on Saturday, April 26. The event is free, and a detailed schedule is available here.

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