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Robotics Challenge a FIRST at Mason

March 31, 2014

High School robotics teams compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Patriot Center

High School robotics teams compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Patriot Center. Photo by Evan Cantwell

George Mason University was host for the first time to the U.S. FIRST Robotics Greater D.C. Regional, March 27-29 at the Patriot Center. More than 1,200 high school students, mostly from the National Capital region, competed to earn their teams a berth to nationals next month in St. Louis. (FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”)

Competitors from 10 states also got a firsthand look at George Mason, whose Volgenau School of Engineering ranks sixth nationally in return on investment for engineering majors. Volgenau Dean Ken Ball welcomed the high school students to Mason, and and many Volgenau students volunteered to help out at the event, which attracted thousands of participants, family members, volunteers, corporate sponsors and other guests.

See the NBC Washington coverage at www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/High-School-Robotics-Teams-Compete-at-George-Mason-University-252984031.html.

Kenneth Ball, Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering, greets Mason students in the Pit area of the FIRST Robotics Competition

Kenneth Ball, dean of George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Engineering, greets Mason students in the  “pit” area of the FIRST Robotics Competition. Photo by Evan Cantwell

George Mason students mentor and watch high school robotics teams compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Patriot Center

George Mason students mentor and watch high school robotics teams compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Patriot Center. Photo by Evan Cantwell