Thursday, March 29, 2012

Volunteering for FIRST Robotics the next 2 days

For those that do not know what FIRST is, it was founded by Dean Kamen.

Their mission :
Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

It is a great idea and this will be my first time helping. In fact it is the first one held at FAU, Florida Atlantic University here in Boca Raton.

I will be one of the Robot Judges checking everyone is playing by the rules and keeping safe robots. Unfortunately for me I will miss the real action of the finals which are on Saturday but with 40+ teams expected there will be a lot of action Thursday and Friday.

I look forward to meeting the students and other volunteers and will post pictures during the day to Twitter and Facebook. Load in was last night and I am on site from 7am to 7pm today and 7-12pm Friday. If you are in town and want to come by, it's free admission. We are at the FAU "Burrow" arena.

FIRST has a Twitter account, Firsttweets, if you want to follow them.