High school students compete to qualify for Global FIRST Robotics Championship

Student teams from Florida school districts, other states, as well as international teams from Brazil, Colombia, Netherlands and Turkey will participate in the FIRST® Robotics Competition South Florida Regional for an opportunity to win regional recognition for design excellence, sportsmanship, teamwork, and more, and advance to the FIRST Championship competition. The public is encouraged to attend, catch the excitement of this intense competition, and cheer on their favorite teams.

In FIRST STEAMWORKS, two adventure clubs from an era in which technology relied on steam power must prepare their airships for the ultimate long distance race. Each three-team alliance scores points and prepares to take flight by building steam pressure, gathering materials to start the rotors, and boarding robots onto their airships. The adventurer club with the highest score at the end of the match is the best prepared for the race and wins.

Florida Senator Jeff Clemens will be in attendance as Opening Ceremonies guest, as well as Palm Beach County Mayor Paulette Burdick. Frank Azor Alienware and XPS General Manager at Dell and Rony Abovitz President & CEO of Magic Leap, Inc. will both be part of a select group of judges during the competition.

Teams from all over Florida will be competing, including South Florida teams from American Heritage – Boca and Plantation Campuses, Atlantic High School, Western High School, Hollywood Hills High School, McArthur High School, Mast Academy, Miami Coral Park Senior High, Terra Environmental Research Institute, Archimedean Upper Conservatory Charter School, School for Advanced Studies, Academy for Advanced Academics, Gulliver Pinecrest Preparatory School, Jupiter High School, William T. Dwyer High School, Palm Beach Gardens High School, West Broward High School, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, North Broward Preparatory School, Inlet Grove Community High School, Suncoast Community High School, Royal Palm Beach High School, Palm Beach Central High School, and FAU’s Tech Garage. Teams from Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington DC are coming to this prestigious competition as well.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a program that challenges high school students – working with professional Mentors – to design and build a robot to contend in competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students. Teams in the FIRST Robotics Competition South Florida Regional will vie for regional awards and a spot at the FIRST® Championship to be held April 19-22 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The competition is part of FIRST, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

Admission is free. Click here to see the full schedule and other event details.