GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – A FIRST Robotics Competition North Carolina event was put on this weekend in Guilford County.
It was a one of several district competitions of the year where high school students along with their mentors put robots they made to the test against other team-made robots.
Organizers say, "In 2009, there were only 10 FIRST Robotics competition teams in North Carolina. This year is significant in that North Carolina now has 52 teams and has expanded from one regional event to 4 district qualifying events and a North Carolina State Championship event. Female participation in the event has also increased from 22% in 2010 to 31% in 2015, which speaks to the increased diverse interest in STEM!"
"STEM" stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math -- career fields that are promoted in this competition.
The weekend event is hosted at Northeast Guilford High School Saturday, March 5 through Sunday, March 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The robots were put through obstacle courses and tests to show skill and ability. The goal is for teams to receive enough points to advance to the next level of competition.
In a press release, organizers detailed the benefits of the competition:
“FIRST is so much more than robots. It is a life –changing experience for our students as they learn about the challenges and benefits of collaboration and teamwork,” said Marie Hopper, Executive Director of FIRST North Carolina. “FIRST alumni are changing the world by starting new companies, inventing new products and bringing an ethos of collaboration to the engineering, science and business worlds.”