F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition Officially Underway

By KBJR News 1

January 7, 2012 Updated Jan 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The F.I.R.S.T. Program—or 'For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology—is dedicated to promoting science and engineering to high school students.

The kick–off event featured a video feed from some big names—including 'Colbert Report' host Stephen Colbert—along with a live feed from the International Space Station.

Robotics teams—such as the F.I.R.S.T. Duluth East Daredevils—say the competition is a great way to make science and engineering a significant part of Northland culture.

"There are 157 hockey teams in Minnesota, and right now there are 152 robotics teams in Minnesota, so we're getting really close to that same level," said Daredevil Captain Kirsi Kuutti, enthusiastically.

The Lake Superior F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Regional will be held at the DECC from March 8th to the 10th.