First Robotics Competition at The Magnolia Center!
FIRST Robotics Competition has hosted regional events throughout the world for more than 30 years and in 2023, FIRST will bring the first-ever Magnolia Regional FIRST Robotics Competition to Laurel.
31 high school robotics teams from across the United States and Mexico will compete at The Magnolia Center March17 and 18, 2023. Students began designing, building and coding their competitive robots the first weekend of January and, after only a handful of weeks, will now bring them to the competition floor for a chance at the FIRST World Championship in Houston April 2023.
The competition runs from Wednesday, March 15 to Saturday, March 18, 2023. View program for full event details and times here: https://www.flipsnack.com/C7F65DFF8D6/2023-magnolia-regional-program-book/full-view.html
- US State Teams from Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas
- Mexican Teams from Saltillo COA, Pesqueria NLE
- This is the first year a FIRST Robotics Competition is in Mississippi, but FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Lego League have been holding competitions in the state for many years.
- Sponsors include NASA and Mississippi Power
- Key Community Support includes: Central Creativity and Jones College
- Participants in FIRST are eligible for over $80Million in nation-wide scholarships.
- The competition is FREE and open to the public from 9am until approximately 6pm. No open toed shoes allowed.
- Interviews and footage can be shot at any time, including practice day Thursday March 16 to promote this event to the community.
“FIRST is not just about the robot. Teams learn project management, leadership skills, public speaking skills, deductive reasoning, business planning, fundraising, marketing, safety management, community service and the importance of working as a team. They leave this program with greater self-confidence, an awareness of their community and the environment surrounding it, and with 21st century soft skills that can transfer into any college or career path they choose.” - Carolyn Arthurs, FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Director -LA and MS
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information and for pre-event and on site interviews, please contact Carolyn Arthurs email@example.com | 310-733-7600 text/call
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