ROBOTS TAKE OVER ST. LOUIS
580 student teams
throughout North America
have brought their robots to St. Louis this weekend
for the 20th Annual F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Championship Competition.
Students compete in 4 categories, grades K through 12,
and design radio controlled remote robots
who perform in competitive arenas through Sunday
at the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis.
There are junior categories for students 6-9 years of age,
and even a LEGO League for grades 4-8.
Prestigious colleges and universities,
as well as corporate sponsors (IBM, Google, Apple, Rolls Royce)
support the competition with funding and scholarships.
Top competitors apply for $20-million in scholarship funds.
Teams have been working on their robot entries all year,
with the help of their science teachers, sponsors and parents.
The Championship Competition is expected to fill the stadium
and is free to the public to attend.