• FIRST® Robotics Competition team conducts robotics demonstration at ISA’s 2015 PCS Symposium

    Attendees at ISA’s 2015 Process Control and Safety Symposium (PCS) in Houston this week were treated to a robotics demonstration by a local FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition team.

    FIRST Team 624 CRyptonite from Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas showcased the robots it built and programmed during the symposium’s Tech Night on Tuesday, 10 November. Student team members and mentors demonstrated the capabilities of the robots that were entered in FIRST’s 2012 through 2014 competitions.

    Click here to see how the team’s “Sidewinder” robot was designed, built and prepared for actual competition.  Another video captures the performance of a team’s robot at a regional competition of FIRST held in Texas during 2014.

    The FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of designing and building robots. The competition provides students, from grades 9 through 12, with the opportunity to use sophisticated software and hardware, learn from professional engineers, collaborate, earn recognition, and qualify for millions of dollars in college scholarships.

    Programs like FIRST encourage bright young students to develop their skills and knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and pursue STEM-centric careers, such as automation.

    To raise awareness around the need to attract more young people to STEM learning and professions, ISA and the Automation Federation designated November as Automation Appreciation Month (AAM). ISA members and other automation professionals can learn how they can support and get involved in FIRST competitions and other STEM programs for young people by visiting the AAM web page.