Can your robot throw a frisbee? For some high schoolers around the country, the answer is yes.
It's all part of a robotics initiative created by Dean Kamen, inventor of the high-tech Segway scooter and founder of the nonprofit FIRST ("For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology"). Under the FIRST umbrella, kids of varying ages compete in different robot-building challenges each year. This year's challenge? Design a robot that can throw Frisbee-like discs through targets, then climb a pyramid to score extra points.
So from San Francisco to Philadelphia and everywhere in between, high school students around the country have been doing just that. Here is a look at a recent competition held at Madera High School in California. The event — the fifth annual Madtown Throwdown — featured 29 teams and 36 robots from across the state, including teams from the San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento and Southern California.
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