'FIRST' Robotics Competition in Waco

WACO, TX - "First" Robotics Competition is taking place this weekend at Waco's University High School, during which 48 teams out of four states compete. 

FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, which is an after school, mentor based program that allows students to work on their robots for 6 weeks. 

This is the first time Waco is hosting such a big, regional robotics competition. 

48 teams made up of high school students from Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Illinois are competing for their chance to compete at the championship. 

Patrick Felty, the director for FIRST development says, "Out of 48 teams, 7 of those teams will advance to world championships, that is gonna be held in Houston April 20 to 22, where you will have 40,000 kids from all over the world competing."

FIRST is responsible for about $40 million worth in scholarships. 

Waco has three teams competing: Harmony Science Academy, Rapoport Academy and Girls Scouts. 

Colleen Goggin, a girl scout is competing with her friends in all girls team. She says, "We just want to show young girls that it is okay to like math and science, it is not just for the guys, you can still be an engineer even though you are a girl."


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