Jan8-blogDean Anderson, Writer

Oklahoma’s future scientists and engineers will be competing March 27-29 at the FIRST Robotics Competition at Cox Business Services Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., the 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Oklahoma FIRST is dedicated to inspiring young people’s interest in science and technology. Through its programs, kids team with local engineers, professors and business people to solve real world engineering challenges.

Students develop technical expertise and gain self confidence, knowledge and skills to face life’s challenges. They discover they can achieve more than they had ever dreamed possible.

The program is a life-changing, career-molding experience—and a lot of fun. In 2010, the competition reached over 45,200 high-school-aged young people on over 1,800 teams in 43 regional events. FRC teams came from 48 states, four provinces, and 12 countries. The competitions are high-tech spectator sporting events, the result of lots of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, project timelines and deadlines.