Gearing up for Robotics

by Linda KC Reynolds
Staff writer

The second annual Aerospace Valley FIRST Robotics Competition will once again be coming to Lancaster, Calif.

The event runs April 4-6 at the Eastside High School. It is free and open to the public.

Thirty-eight teams are registered and that includes seven from local high schools. As well as teams from California, there are entries from Nevada, Turkey, Switzerland and Zimbabwe.

The mission of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, 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.

Inspiring young people since 1992, FIRST® began with 28 teams in a New Hampshire high-school gym. Today, the four FIRST programs reach more than 400,000 young people annually. The fun they have, the knowledge they gain, and the friendships they make along the way help build self-confidence, nurture creativity, and inspire them to solve the world’s greatest challenges, be strong citizens, and build a brighter future.

An event like this cannot happen with an army of volunteers. There are still volunteer opportunities. For more information on the event or to volunteer, visit https://www.avregional.org.

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