Robotic competition tests students’ skills

March 18, 2013 by  

Science, technology, and math skills will be tested when students from all over California, Chile, and Hawaii come to the Long Beach Arena to compete at the FIRST Robotics Competition.

The more than 1,500 expected high-school students will comprise 65 teams who will compete this weekend with the aid of technical and engineering mentors.

FIRST, an acronym of ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology’, is the host of the competition. The students have to combine their knowledge of mathematics, science, and technology to create remote controlled and autonomous robots that can complete assigned tasks.

Robots are designed from scratch and built within a period of six weeks. The competition is comprised of a series of games in which the teams compete individually and by partnering up with other teams.

Dan Spellens, Director of Theaters & Entertainment for SMG at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, said:

“We are excited to welcome back the U.S. FIRST Robotics Competition to the Long Beach Arena.

“This event showcases amazing design and engineering skills from great young minds.”

The event is free and open to the public, and takes place March 21 – 23. A variety of awards certificates are available for competitions at local print companies.

Onto the older set, the Long Beach Derby Gals will debut their new roller derby teams at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 22, at the Queen Mary Dome in Long Beach. General admission is $16, chair seating is $19, front row seats cost $24, and a Family 4 Pack is $56.