Forty-eight robots created by almost 2,000 teenage engineers from nine western U.S. states and Alberta, Canada, will
compete at FIRST, the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology regional robotics competition.

Cosponsored by the College of Engineering, the competition cultivates innovators and engineers from 22 Utah high schools and 26 others from as far as Honolulu.

This year’s competition, “Aerial Assist,” is a volleyball-meets-soccer event. Two robot alliances of three teams each vie to outscore each other during a two-and-a-half minute bout. Winners qualify for the national championship April 23–26 in St. Louis.

Thursday, March 13 All Day Setup day for robot inspections and practice rounds
Friday, March 14 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Qualification matches
Saturday, March 15 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Qualification matches and final rounds
Awards Ceremony

Hosted at the Maverik Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, Utah, the free event is open to the general public.

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