If you’re going to be in St. Louis later on this month, be sure to check out the 2012 FIRST robotics championships:

The FIRST Championship April 25-28 is the culmination of the season’s FIRST programs, bringing together three separate robotics competitions for the ultimate Sport for the Mind. The event includes the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship, and the FIRST LEGO League World Festival. Also featured is the Junior FIRST LEGO League World Festival Expo.

Our high-tech spectator events combine the excitement of sport with science and technology. Join our students as they showcase the results of weeks of intense preparation, competing in thrilling matches and working on their robots in the “Pits.” This event is open to the public, free of charge.

See the event schedule for more information.

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net

  • Natalie, the Chickenblogger

    Wonderful to read about this. FIRST is an amazing program, full of the best and brightest. Shout out to teams FIRST 2102 Team Paradox, 1717, 330, and 1266… a few that earned the right to compete in St Louis.

  • http://totalrandomness.wordpress.com/ michaeljanderson

    I just wanted to say that FIRST is really a great program, and the FIRST Robotics Challenge is very exciting. My son has been involved in an FRC team for the last 2 years and his team has finished second in their regional for the last 2 years, which does not qualify them for the Championships. Regardless it’s a great program and a very good way of getting young people involved in making things.

    If you ever hear of a competition in your area I’d highly recommend you take some time and drop by. It’s pretty incredible to see what these young people build and the competitions are quite exciting.

  • Paul Fadell

    As a FIRST team mentor I can attest that all the Maker virtues and STEM education get exercised in this competition and build season. For those in MN, this actually just became a state championship event (first state to do this). The top eight teams from the recent regionals will compete along with chosen teammates (3 on 3 robotic basketball). Actually a pretty good spectator sport!

    Minnesota State High School League Championships
    Williams Arena, Minneapolis
    May 18-19, 2012

  • kmeikrantz4247

    Go Wildstang!!! 111

  • kg2v

    Shout out to 1155 and 2265 (both Quarter finalists in NYC from the same school – yep 2 teams), and Good luck to ALL the teams and ‘the kids’.