FIRST Robotics competition helps create next generation of engineers

What do you get when you combine life-size robots, giant rubber balls, alliances vying for victory and a bunch of rowdy teenagers? Mayhem, of course.

You also get a FIRST Robotics competition that took place recently at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Wash. “On the Whiteboard” Editor Pamela Woon was there to catch all of the robot ruckus, shown in the above video.

FIRST is a national nonprofit that encourages high school students to grow their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) know-how by trying their hand at building robots. Approximately 20 Microsoft employees volunteer as mentors for local teams.

Meet team xbot and learn how they earn their engineering chops, and become a family along the way.

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Aimee Riordan
Microsoft News Center Staff