2012 FIRST Robotics Competition Season Underway

At this very moment, somewhere around the world, some students are staring at a Java stack trace for a robot. They have three more weeks to finish developing their code, even though the robot isn't done, a motor is fried, and the drive team ate all of the snacks while waiting for the bug to get fixed...

This is a likely scenario now that the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition build season is underway. In a little more than three weeks, competitions will start across North America and in Israel (with teams coming from around the world). This will culminate in the FIRST Championship.

These are fantastic events to see high school students take on a huge challenge - to design, build, and program a robot to do a set of tasks (different each year) in only six week, then compete in alliances against other teams.

If you are interested in engineering, science, and technology, and especially if you have kids that you like to expose to these fields, I recommend that you take a couple hours and watch a competition and visit some teams in the "pits". It's a lot of fun!

For a full list of events, see the official FIRST web site: usfirst.org/whatsgoingon. I'll highlight a few events here (either near Oracle offices or exotic). The best day to see a competition is the last date of the event.

FIRST Championship
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, MO
April 26-28
BAE Systems Granite State Regional
Verizon Wireless Arena
Manchester, NH
March 3
San Diego Regional
Valley View Casino Center
San Diego, CA
March 4
Israel Regional
Nokia Arena
Tel Aviv, IS
March 7
WPI Regional
Harrington Auditorium WPI
Worcester, MA
March 10
Festival de Robotique FRC a Montreal Regional
Uniprix Stadium
Montreal, QC
March 17
Los Angeles Regional
Long Beach Arena
Long Beach, CA
March 17
New York City Regional
Javits Convention Center
New York, NY
March 18
Hawaii Regional
Stan Sheriff Center
Honolulu, HI
March 24
Boston Regional
Agannis Arena
Boston, MA
March 24
Colorado Regional
Daniel L. Ritchie Center
Denver, CO
March 24
Silicon Valley Regional
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA
March 31
Mid-Atlantic Robotics FRC Region
Championship

Liacouras Center
Philadelphia, PA
April 14

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FIRST runs three other excellent robotics competition programs:

These programs can be found around the world. Unfortunately Java is not (yet) and option for these robots.

For more of my thoughts on FIRST, Java, and Oracle see It's Not About the Robots.

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