Space-themed FIRST Robotics Competition blasting off at CFE Arena

in Orlando News & Events


ORLANDO, Fla. – It’s game on this weekend at the University of Central Florida as the CFE Arena hosts the national FIRST Robotics Competition.

Each year, the event adds new levels of complexity to challenge ninth- through 12th-grade students.

This year’s theme for the two-day event is Destination: Deep Space.

The students competing in the event have spent the last six weeks building a 120-pound robot for the competition, which is now in its 30th year.  

“It’s very huge. It started out in a small high school in New Hampshire, and we’ve now grown globally,” Wendy Austin, the Orlando regional director of the FIRST Robotics Competition, said.