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FIRST global competition off to a rousing start with all teams getting visas

After much uproar, media attention, and political pressure, Pres. Trump intervened and enabled all the teams headed to Washington, DC for the F.I.R.S.T Global Robotics Championship, whose visas had be...
19 July 2017, by

From member to mentor: Life after being a FIRST student

3! 2! 1! Go! Suddenly, robots jerk into motion and zoom across the field to score points, crossing over several types of terrain and shooting balls into high and low goals. Another buzzer sounds, driv...
12 June 2017, by

Qualcomm to power high school robotics with Snapdragon

On March 11, FIRST® announced that its worldwide high school robotics competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®), will be using the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor as the platform for its robo...
13 March 2015, by

Dean Kamen, Raffaello D’Andrea RIA to receive 2015 Engelberger Robotics Awards | RIA

The robotics industry’s highest honor, the Engelberger Robotics Award, will be presented to Dean Kamen and Raffaello D’Andrea at a special ceremony on Monday, March 23, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois...
09 February 2015, by

The story of Atlas, FRC Team #3504 Girls of Steel

I'm Molly Urbina, a member of the FIRST Team #3504, Girls of Steel. Every year our team makes a comic strip about the past year's robot to show other girls just how much fun competing in FIRST can be....
09 January 2015, by

Six weeks to build a robot: A FIRST photo essay

This photo essay documents the Girls of Steel as they built their newest robot for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) division. Teams are given the parameters of the game and have just six weeks t...
26 March 2014, by



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EVE: An ultimate frisbee playing robot

Being a member of FIRST Team 3504, The Girls of Steel, has been an amazing experience: I have built robots with my teammates, gone to international competitions, and have had great time. We recently ...
28 February 2014, by

Mentors of Steel: The role of mentoring in robotics education

The Girls of Steel – a competitive FIRST team located in Pittsburg, PA – is on a mission to draw more young women into engineering. We've already heard what it's like to be part of an all-girls ro...
27 September 2013, by , and

Getting into the driver’s seat: Girls of Steel tell us how they got hooked on robotics

Girls of Steel at the 2013 FIRST Championships. Photo credit: Walt Urbina. The Girls of Steel – a competitive FIRST team located in Pittsburg, PA – is on a mission to draw more young women into e...
26 September 2013, by and

Theresa Richards on “What’s the best way to get a robotics education today?”

At the high school or middle school level there is no single best way for students to get a robotics education: there are many ways, and each way reaches the students differently. The easiest way is f...
15 September 2013, by

An inspiring article by a future roboticist

In July, 2011, I interviewed and then wrote about an inspiring high school teacher who spearheaded the founding of the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, was the 2010 recipient of a $500,000 MacArt...
08 June 2013, by

Stanford Robot Block Party – part of National Robotics Week

I'm always surprised when I come to Stanford. I find new companies setting up shop in the area. Ford's new research lab wasn't there the last time I drove by, for example. Later, when walking aroun...
11 April 2013, by

Lynn Urbina on FIRST, Watson and the Girls of Steel

A high school student by day and a power-tool-toting Maker by night, Lynn Urbina is a member of the Girls of Steel - an all-girl competitive robotics team located in Pittsburg, PA that's on a mission ...
08 March 2013, by and







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