MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Robots are in the near future for Myrtle Beach. The Myrtle Beach Convention Center will be invaded by 1,200 students and their assembled robots from February 28 through March 2 for the 10th annual Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.
FIRST, standing for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology", is a program dedicated to developing a community appreciation for science and technology, according to press release from the City of Myrtle Beach. FIRST teams received a 75-pound box filled with essential parts to build their robots without any instructions on January 5. Each of the 2,500 participating teams from 16 countries have six weeks to design, build and test a robot capable of completing specific tasks.
At the competition the robots will take part in an ultimate Frisbee meets American Gladiator challenge known as Ultimate Ascent. The competition will put the student's machines head to head in a match to score points by throwing Frisbees into goals followed by a pyramid climb.
Of the 65 teams attending the competition, nine hail from Horry County's public schools. The two-day tournament in Myrtle Beach is one of 77 regional and district competitions around the world this year, according to a press release from the City of Myrtle Beach.
This event is free and open to the public. If you would like to learn more about the Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotic competition click here.