High school students from around the region will show off robots in a competition this weekend

2010 Season FIRST Robotics Competition
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday
Cox Convention Center Arena
1 Myriad Gardens

Robots created by students throughout the region will compete in the 2010 Season FIRST Robotics Competition, held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Cox Convention Center Arena, 1 Myriad Gardens.

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, also known as the Breakaway, is an international high school robotics competition led by student teams from all over the world, including Brazil, Canada, The Netherlands, Israel, the United Kingdom and Mexico. Each team builds a 120-pound robot to perform different tasks.

Some of the competing area high schools include Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Academy, Oklahoma City Home School & Oklahoma County 4-H, Mount St. Mary High School, ASTEC Charter High School and Capitol Hill High School.

Teams were given a standard set of parts and the game details in early January, and had six weeks to build a robot and enter the competition. Once teams had registered, students don’t get to touch the robots until the competition.

“In the past, this has been a small event, but (the competition) is fun to watch. The atmosphere is a lot of fun, and every year, the task is different, so it is always something new,” said competition spokesman Justin Neely. “There are a lot of schools in Oklahoma that compete, and usually, the state gets three to four schools qualified to go on to the national competition.”

Admission is free. For more information, visit usfirst.org. “LeighAnne Manwarren

LeighAnne Manwarren

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