This is a first-person account of the very first regional competition from two new team members.
Nick: “Wow, I never imagined the FIRST regional to be like this! It was so much fun, and there were so many fun things to do! The competition was exciting to watch, the spirit was through-the-roof, and everyone showed their best sportsmanship! I can’t wait to go to the Chicago regional in a couple of weeks! What did you think of it?”
Zack:”Well, with you and me being first year FIRST students, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was honestly shocked by how much fun I had volunteering at the Regional! Usually I picture volunteer work as a worthy, but typically uninteresting, way to spend my time. However, volunteerwork at the KC Regional turned out to be incredibly fun and exciting! I was able to interact with so many new people, and I learned so much about FIRST. I bet the young students we toured learned a lot, too, right?”
Nick: “Yeah, they looked like they were having a blast! I love the fact that we managed to get them interested in FIRST simply by touring them around the regional. This kind of stuff really gets them pumped for engineering; no wonder FIRST is so successful in their goal of getting young people interested in STEM fields. Oh, but the atmosphere was just electric! Teams, audience members, and kids cheered their way through the competition, and set the stage for a great KC Regional! Wonder how well the actual competition went, I had an awesome time handing out safety glasses to the crowd!”
Zack: “I was fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the actual competitions, and I was amazed by what I saw. Six robots on one field, all competing to score the most points. It was apparent that all of the teams had put a lot of work into their robots. I didn’t quite realize the scope of FIRST until I saw just how many people were actively competing. There were hundreds, if not thousands! I was just really glad to be a part of this grand spectacle.”
Nick: “It certainly feels great to be a part of such an awesome environment! Going to the regional was a refreshing change to how I viewed FIRST robotics, and now I see why team members always try to come back every year after getting a taste of competition. All in all, it was a great experience, one that I’ll hopefully get to enjoy in the next two years of high school. FIRST never ceases to amaze me, and I’m sure that competing in a regional will turn out even better!”