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First First Robotics

Last Saturday, I judged a First Tech Challenge for the first time. In fact, despite having been a professional roboticist since 2009, this event was my first interaction with any First competition.

I shouldn’t have waited.

The kids are excited and shockingly capable; the audience is wild; the challenge is fun; and I had an amazing time.

I’m helping out with another one in two weeks—the awkwardly named “Semi-Area” competition. I’m looking forward to it.

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