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FIRST ® Robotics Competition Palmetto Regional 

When: March 22-24 2012
Price: Free
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Calling it “the varsity sport for the mind,” the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition pits teams of up to 25 people in an intellectual battle for control of the universe. OK, not the universe, but bragging rights in the science world at least. And it’s not the team members themselves duking it out, but each team’s very own robot, designed over a six-week period and controlled by high school students with the help of professional engineer mentors. “Teams are given a kit of parts at the kickoff in January along with specific guidelines that limit construction to certain materials,” says North Charleston event coordinator Ryan Johnson. Break a mental sweat for free at the regional competition as over 40 teams from around the Southeast compete in short games, each vying for a spot in the FIRST championship in April. While it may not make the front page of the sports section, it’s still highly competitive, with strict rules that change yearly, limited resources, and time limits. The robot showdowns promise a new kind of game and “the hardest fun ever.”
— Alex Keith

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