FIRST Robotics Competition fuses STEM and teamwork – McMaster Daily News
It sounded like a university basketball championship. But the roar that echoed throughout McMaster’s David Braley Athletic Centre actually came from hundreds of tech-loving high school students at this year’s FIRST Robotics District Competition.
Hosted by the Faculty of Engineering for the second time, the technology and engineering (STEM) event drew hundreds of people to watch 38 teams of Ontario high school-aged students operate robots that zipped around an 8-bit arcade-themed obstacle course.
The event, held from April 6 to 8, featured Science Minister Kirsty Duncan who spoke at the opening ceremonies and met one-on-one with students alongside Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas MP, Filomena Tassi.
Wearing a bright yellow jersey and 8-bit glasses, in keeping with the arcade theme of the competition, head referee, Prakhar Garg received smiles, high fives and hugs from fellow volunteers and participants every where he went.
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