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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Nerd Heaven in Worcester


When my son was about five or six, he said to his godmother, "Ask me what I'm interested in." Upon the prompted question being asked, he replied, "Robots" I did not think too much about it. We did make a robot costume for Halloween and after an extended time where the interest sustained itself, we new this was his field.

Before he was high school age, he was part of the WPI associated FIRST Robotics Team. FIRST Robotics is a competition founded by inventor Dean Kamen. FIRST stands for, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. It is not Battlebots, where machines exist to tear each other apart. Rather, a game is worked up wherein teams of robots work as alliances to defeat another alliance by scoring points.

CiarĂ¡n is now a senior at WPI and still is part of the team though the rigorous engineering course of study means he is not as involved as before. Yesterday was the final day of the WPI sponsored Battlecry FIRST event. Teams from all over the country competed.

If you have a child who has a mechanical bent, look to see if there is a FIRST team in your area and point him or her toward it. They will get to spend time with kids who share their interests. It may reap rewards later on. Take it from me, it is a field with more of a future than majoring in history.

The FIRST website is http://www.usfirst.org/

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