OSCEOLA/MECOSTA COUNTIES — After six weeks of work to design, construct, test and weigh their robots, local high school teams sealed their mechanical masterpieces as Tuesday, or “bag day,” came to a close. Teams will unbag their robots at their first competition of the season, many of which will take place throughout March.
The competitions are a part of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), a program designed to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging their science, engineering and technology skills. This year, teams will compete in an arcade-themed challenge. Competition-ready robots should be able to lift crates, called “power blocks,” and place the blocks on switches or a scale. At the end of each match, robots ascend to a platform.