FIRST in Texas and the leadership of Texas’ University Interscholastic League (UIL) hosted an inaugural UIL: FIRST Division State Championship for Competitive Robotics on July 28-30 at the Austin Convention Center.
Texas high schools from across the entire state brought students, teachers, mentors, sponsors and family members to participate in this high-tech sporting event to compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, sportsmanship, teamwork and more.
The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) are competitions that challenge students in grades 7-12 – working alongside professional coaches and mentors – to design and build a robot and compete against a field of competitors.
In addition to robotics competition, spectators toured the robot pit area, engaging in hands-on interactive demos with the US Airforce, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and local FIRST LEGO League teams.
Inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. FIRST in Texas is a not for profit, 501c3 based in Austin TX that fundraises and supports FIRST events throughout Texas.