More than 15,000 students – from Kindergarten to 12th grade, from around the world – traveled to Houston, to put their innovation skills to the test at the annual FIRST Championship presented by Qualcomm Incorporated, at the George R. Brown, Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green.
The four-day event, attended by nearly 30,000 people, came ended April 22 in front of thousands of cheering fans at Minute Maid Park when teams from FIRST® Robotics Competition and FIRST® Tech Challenge competed in match finals. Four teams from Atascadero, California; Tucson, Arizona; Seattle, Washington; and Berkeley, California, earned the FIRST Robotics Competition Winning Alliance award. The Robonauts, a team made up from students from Clear Creek ISD and mentors, NASA engineers, made it to the final matches at Minute Maid Park, but ultimately fell short of the win.
Inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering.
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