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Calling all 218 geeks! U.S. FIRST Robot Competition looking for judges.

Morgan Freeman is calling you!

This March, Duluth will be the location of one of the largest high-school robotics competitions in the country. We need judges! Judging involves assessing process more than product. Technical expertise is not the primary qualification. Management, organization and outreach are huge assessment points. Do not think that you need to have knowledge of robotics to judge. I partnered with Darren Danielson of WDIO (if an anchorman can do it, so can you! … jk jk Darren). If you at all have an interest in helping young geeks blossom into “gracious professionals,” this is a way to do it! And it’s a blast!

Some takeaways that stuck with me from last year:

  • Girls and boys on teams working/competing together.
  • This year Minnesota will have more high-school robotic teams than hockey teams.
  • Robotics is a high-school sport in which everyone can turn pro!
  • The teams that win do so because of teamwork, gracious professionalism, outreach and enthusiasm.
Caveats:
All judges and volunteers must register through a VIMS site through FIRST.
All judges and volunteers must submit to a background check.

Contact Bruce KenKnight ( kenknight (DOT) bruce (AT) gmail (dot) com if you are seriously interested.

FIRST:  For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
“The mission of FIRST 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. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) challenges teams students and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week time frame using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in a series of competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals. In 1992, the first robotics competition was held in a New   Hampshire high school gym, with 28 teams participating in the game, “Maize Craze.” Now, the competition involves more than 1,400 teams competing in nearly 50 Regional Events, and The FRC World Championship held at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, MO, where more than 20,000 young people and their fan-supporters participate.

FIRST redefines winning for these students. Teams are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last and training the leaders of our future”

4 Comment(s)

  1. That sounds crazy fun! I’m all over it!

    BadCat! | Dec 10, 2012 | New Comment
  2. I worked the Robotic Competition in Minneapolis, and I can’t say enough about the young people that are a part of this event. They were polite, quick to offer help, and showed great sportsmanship. I’ll be working the competition here in Duluth, I can’t wait!

    niner | Dec 10, 2012 | New Comment
  3. Does anyone know the link that lists schedule info on becoming a spectator for this event.

    Hair of the Monk | Jan 9, 2013 | New Comment
  4. FRC Regional and Qualifying Events. The events in Duluth are from March 7th to March 9th. This year, two competitions are being held concurrently at the DECC, including over 100 teams: the Lake Superior Regional and the Northern Lights Regional.

    The Duluth East Daredevils will be at the Northern Lights Regional. Hibbing and Silver Bay will also be at this regional. Two Harbors, newly-formed this year, will be at this regional as well.

    Denfeld and Marshall are both returning this year and competing at the Lake Superior Regional. Lakeview Christian Academy has also started a team and will be at this regional.

    For for information, including a video describing the challenge this year, see Saucers Fly, Robots Climb.

    And remember the point of this post: volunteers are wanted!

    Lithis | Jan 10, 2013 | New Comment

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