FIRST 2010: Engineering Whiz Kids Face Off In Robot Duels

FIRST 2010: Engineering Whiz Kids Face Off In Robot Duels

Tomorrow, squads of rough and tumble robots will face off in an elaborate competition involving a hard-hitting soccer in a robo-ready jungle gym arena. The craziest part: all the bots are built by high school students.

At tomorrow’s FIRST Robot Competition Championship, student-made robots will demonstrate their mastery of a series of daunting challenges, ranging from soccer shootouts to robot-on-robot gymnastics that might well end with some competitors in pieces on the playing field. Check out this demonstration video of the challenge, dubbed Breakaway, to see how all these feats will rack up points for the teams:

Join me tomorrow to watch the Championship live (NASA’s providing the feed) during which I’ll be covering the action and capturing the highlights of what’s sure to be an amazing match.

FIRST, an organisation founded by Segway-inventor and general tech wizard Dean Kamen to nurture youth interest in science and technology, has put on the competition annually since 1992. This year, over 150,000 students have competed for over $US12 million in scholarships, and tomorrow’s winners in Atlanta will go on to compete later in the FIRST World Championship.

The competitors in the FIRST Robot Competition Championship are the great engineers of the future. Hopefully, for everyone’s sake, their robots will hold up under pressure. [FIRST]