Sunday the kids compete again in Rochester. This is the first year our teams have qualified and they are very excited. The Food Fanatics (the second team) won an award for their thorough research in addition to their robot performance. We are looking forward to the event this weekend. Before we get there we have two more practices this week where the kids will likely practice their timed runs for the robot game. They want to make sure their missions are solid.
For those of you unfamiliar with the FIRST organization (For Inspiration in Research, Science, and Technology) it was founded by Dean Kamen (inventor of the Segway) to get kids involved in science and engineering.
"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."
Dean Kamen, Founder
Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.