I recently had the opportunity to help Show Ready Events, a nationally recognized event planning and management company, put on the FIRST Robotics Colorado Regional competition. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST creates unbelievable opportunities for teams of high school students, their mentors and sponsors to create and compete at an international level.
This year’s event was held at the DU Magnus Arena. The competition was baseball-themed where teams of three robots went head to head on a custom playing field that included baskets, balls and teeter-totters. The teams showed off an impressive array of skills, not only get to the event but also to make it through the rigors of the competition, which at time resembled a slightly organized smash-up derby. The winners had the greatest combination of design, marketing, strategy, skill, and a bit of luck.
The event was a huge success and every team that made it to the event was a winner.