This morning, Iona and I had the great privilege of getting up ridiculously early and heading north to New Hampshire to attend the 2010 FIRST Robotics kickoff.

If you’ve never come across FIRST before, you need to find out more, especially if you have high school age kids.

Much more than a robotics competition, FIRST is a tool to inspire teenagers to become the future engineers, scientists, and leaders the world needs.

You can learn much more here.

To add to the excitement, Iona was selected to be on stage as we learned more about the supporters of FIRST and this years competition.

This year’s game is played with soccer balls, so it has to be good!  Watch the video in my last post to see what we have to design and build in the next six week.  There are some really exciting new features, including a netbook as the drivers station.

Tomorrow we will meet to discuss strategy, then basically every day for the next six weeks to design and build the robot.

Lots of photos below, including Iona with a couple of her heroes, Woodie Flowers and Dean Kamen.  Click on them to see bigger versions.

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Enjoy!

:: Justin ::