Students Test Their Science, Math, and Tech Skills at FIRST Robotics Competition

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More than 1,500 high school students from California, Hawaii and Chile will come together to compete in the 22nd FIRST Robotics Los Angeles Regional Competition at the Long Beach Arena from Thursday, March 21st, 2013, to Saturday, March 23rd, 2013.

The world competition is presented by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST).

Sixty-five teams of students and engineering and technical mentors will demonstrate their skill for science, mathematics, and technology. They will compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship, and high-impact partnerships between schools, businesses, and communities.

By utilizing science, technology, engineering, and math, this event encourages the students to dream big, be creative and develop problem solving skills. This competition is designed to exercise young adults’ minds to their full extent. Regardless of their socio-economic background, each student has the opportunity to create something amazing and revolutionary.

The battle of the young brains is comprised of short games played by autonomous and remote-controlled robots and is as close to the “real world” of engineering as a student can get. The robots are designed and built in six weeks, from a common set of parts, by teams of 15 to 25 adolescents and a handful of mentors. The students remotely control the robots in competition rounds on the field.

“This event showcases amazing design and engineering skills from great young minds,” said Dan Spellens, Director of Theaters & Entertainment for SMG at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center.  “We are excited to welcome back the U.S. FIRST Robotics Competition to the Long Beach Arena,” concluded Spellens.

This event is free and open to the public.


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