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UNCP to host FIRST Robotics competition March 30-31


Thirty-six high school robotics team will battle in a FIRST Robotics event at UNC Pembroke March 30-31.

Teams from across North Carolina will compete in Destination: Deep Space. This exciting and fast-paced game will showcase robots built by high-school students in less than two months. Robots will be driving through 'sandstorms,' placing hatches and shooting cargo, all in the pursuit of the highest score.

The competition will be held in the Jones Athletic Center. Opening ceremonies begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Competition will continue through Sunday. It is free and open to the public.

RobCoBots, a team comprised of students from Robeson Early College High School, will be among the competitors demonstrating their skill for science, mathematics, and technology.

The field also includes teams from nearby Scotland, Cumberland and Moore counties. Students will compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship, and high-impact partnerships between schools, businesses, and communities. Winners will advance to the North Carolina State FIRST Championship competition.

Founded by inventor Dean Kamen, who introduced the Slingshot water purification system and the “Luke” robotic prosthetic arm, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was created to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people, their schools, and their communities.

Click here to view the schedule of events.