Hundreds of high school students from central and eastern North Carolina discovered something on Saturday at East Carolina University: Engineering is cool.
They were gathered at ECU’s Mendenhall Student Center and the Student Recreation Center for the first steps in an international robotics competition sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
The teams, including 40 students representing all six of Pitt County’s public high schools, will build robots that weigh up to 120 pounds to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The completed robots will participate in a game designed to test their builders’ engineering and teamwork skills, said Bill McClung, an engineer at PotashCorp Aurora and an adult mentor and coach for the Pitt County team.
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