The event includes a robotics competition, where high-school students design and build robots, with the help of engineering mentors. The students program and remotely control the robots during competition.
About 250,000 students on 20,000 teams participate and come from such countries as Brazil, Israel, Mexico, Canada, Chile, the Netherlands and the U.K., as well as from every state in the U.S.
SAIC CEO and FIRST Chairman of the Board of Director's Walt Havenstein said his company is committed to helping inspire young people, their schools and communities to appreciate and celebrate science and technology. He added, “We are excited to see the teams apply the knowledge they've learned, using critical reasoning and problem-solving skills that will empower them to be leaders and innovators of the future,“ he said.
The event will take place April 27-30 at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo.