There was a time when I would have laughed if you had told me that I would stay inside on a beautiful spring day to watch a robotics competition. Then I had kids, one of which is a self-proclaimed robot nerd, so there I was this weekend, watching the action from the sidelines. My robot child is involved with FIRST Robotics FRC which is high school aged teams. It’s my job to 1. Take pictures. 2. Sometimes provides snacks. 3. Nod like I know what my robot child is talking about when she is explaining stuff to me. So this weekend I took pictures, here is a look inside a competition; first a bird’s eye view from the stands:
Second, some of the bots on the field:
Third, one bot ready to launch a ball:
Lastly, a partial view of the pits where the robots are worked on in between matches:
Three things that going to a FIRST Robotics competition will teach you are false: 1. Kids these days are slackers. Wrong, I’m sure some are but then so are some adults. 2. If your robots is broken, too bad so sad. Wrong, request a part and another team will help you out, even if they are competing against you. 3. Robot children can’t dance. Wrong, they can just as well or badly as the general population.
So, need an indoor activity in April and happen to be in St. Louis? Stop by the Championship and check out all the fun and be amazed by the brain power kids today have to offer.