Space constraints in today’ edition of The Oklahoman prevented the inclusion of information that I wanted readers to know about the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) competition. It was announced Wednesday that Oklahoma City was selected as a regional site leading to April’s national competition in Atlanta.
More than 40 teams comprised of 15 to 25 high school students are expected to compete during the three-day event March 20-22 at the Cox Convention Center.
Click to read today’s story.
Click to watch a video of robots constructed by students from Ponca City High School and Moore Norman Technology Center.
Here’s what was in my notebook, but didn’t make the newspaper:
The Legislature in May appropriated $100,000 for high schools to establish robotics projects. The state Education Department will award 20 grants of $5,000 for schools to implement remote-controlled robot projects that could be entered into regional and national competitions.
Applicants must demonstrate commitment to the development of student teams, recruitment of volunteer mentors, designing and building remote-controlled robots and entering competitions. Eligibility is limited to schools that haven’t participated in robotics competitions.
The application deadline is Oct. 17.
Click for more information and to download an application.
Three questions and answers about FIRST
Q: What is FIRST?
A: Dean Kamen founded in 1989 For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. It designs accessible, innovative programs to motivate young people to pursue opportunities in science and technology, engineering and math while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills.
Q: What is the FIRST robotics competition?
A: The annual event challenges high school students to design and build a robot. They compete in high-intensity events that measure the effectiveness of robots, the power of team strategy and collaboration and the determination of students.
Q: How do competitions work?
A: Short games are played by remote-controlled robots. Referees oversee the competition and judges present awards to teams for design, technology, sportsmanship and commitment to FIRST.