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FIRST Robotics Competition underway

FIRST Robotics Competition underway

No zombies spotted, but robots may be maneuvering around obstacles at the 2012 Alamo Regional Competition.

The robotics competition will be hosted by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) on March 1 -3 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Students from area high schools are showcasing their robots to compete in a game-theme event. Some of the local schools competing include Sam Houston HS, Edison HS, and South San HS.

The three-day event began on Thursday and will feature competitors from different leagues including FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) which challenges high school students and their mentors to build robots out of parts and compete a series competitions. FIRST Tech Competition (FTC) gives high school students affordable challenges and team robots compete using a sports model. FIRST Lego League (FLL) introduces real-world engineering challenges by building Lego-based robots. Student design, build and program robots using Lego Mindstorms technology. Younger children ages 6-9 years of age participate in FIRST Junior Lego League (Jr.FLL). Guided by adult coaches, this young group designs and builds challenges using Lego elements.

A Jr. FIRST Lego League Expo will be scheduled on Saturday, March 3. The events are free and open to the public.

FIRST is a nonprofit organization that builds and inspires youth in science, technology, engineering and math using various robotics challenges.

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Alamo Regional Competition Schedule of Events
Learn more about FIRST.
Download a FIRST Robotics brochure.
US FIRST web site.

Photo Courtesy: Alamo Region/FIRST