MCALLEN, Texas – The FIRST Robotics Competition season kicked off recently in South Texas at the McAllen Elks Lodge.

The theme this year is “Charged Up” and focuses on the energy sector.

The robots the students build are about 130 pounds and can stand up to six feet tall. The students are usually from grades nine through 12.

“We’ve got about 16 teams here in the Rio Grande Valley from Laredo all the way to Brownsville and we’re really excited about that,” said Jason Arms, executive director of FIRST in Texas.

In the podcast below, Arms discusses the new season along with the role FIRST plays in developing students for the STEM fields. 

He also gives a shoutout to corporate sponsors Panasonic and appeals for volunteers to help run the nonprofit’s various competition events.

Podcast


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