You may have heard about the 2013 FIRST Championship held at the Edward Jones Dome recently. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was started in 1989 by Dean Kamen to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders. This year's event drew over 10,000 students from 37 countries to test their engineering skills and teamwork.
FIRST calls the robotics competition for high school students the varsity Sport for the Mind. Teams of 25 or more students work with professional mentors to create a brand for the project, raise funds, and design and build robots to compete in the annual championship.
The coverage I saw featured a lot of smart talented kids having loads of fun. Videos of the annual competition are archived here. If you find yourself inspired to create your own robot, St. Louis County Library has information on robots and how to design, build, and program them.
Also, Neal Bascomb's "The New Cool: a visionary teacher, his FIRST robotics team, and the ultimate battle of smarts" is an upbeat story following a group of Southern California kids and their teacher as they compete in the 2009 robotics competition.
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