High-School Students from Georgia Showcase Design and Engineering Skills in First® Robotics Competition Game, “FIRST PowerUpSM” 

Mar 21, 2018


Laura Richardson





High-School Students from Georgia Showcase Design and Engineering Skills in First® Robotics Competition Game, "FIRST PowerUpSM" 

Students Learn Problem Solving and Teamwork in Addition to Designing and Building Robots by Working with Professional Mentors to participate at Columbus Qualifier


Columbus, Georgia, March 23 – 24, 2018 – High-school students from across Georgia, including one Columbus-area program will have the opportunity to showcase their hard work after an intense six weeks of designing and building an original robot in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition ( This week, at the Lumpkin Center on the Columbus State University campus, 33 teams of students and engineering and technical Mentors will demonstrate their skill for science, mathematics, and technology. They will compete for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship, and high-impact partnerships between schools, businesses, and communities. Additionally, several technology partners of Ft Benning will be onsite displaying new and emerging technology in development for the battlefield at a technology fair in celebration of Ft Benning’s 100th Anniversary.

Founded by inventor Dean Kamen, who introduced the IBOT Mobility System and the Segway® Human Transporter (HT), FIRST was created to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people, their schools, and their communities. The FIRST Robotics Competition anticipates over 3,100 teams in the U.S. and 25 countries worldwide to compete in 63 Regional Events and 85 District Events. Next month, more than 35 teams will compete at the Peachtree District Championship at the University of Georgia on April 5-7 to earn a spot at the Championship to be held April 18 - 21 in Houston, Tx.

FIRST® POWER UP,SM the 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition game, finds our teams trapped in an 8bit video game! Teams use power cubes to defeat the boss. Each three-team alliance has three ways to help defeat the boss by owning the scale or their switch, playing power ups, and climbing the scale tower. The alliance with the highest score at the end of the match defeats the boss and wins.

“FIRST isn’t about competing, it’s about cooperating, and recognizing that if you have the right tools, you’ll be able to make this world a better place for yourself and for the country,” said Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research and Development and FIRST Founder, adding, “There is no stimulus package that will have as much return as stimulating a bunch of kids to become the workforce of the future, the problem solvers, the creators of the future.”

This season, participating FIRST students are eligible to apply for more than $50 million in scholarships being made available by nearly 200 scholarship providers.

Over a six-week timeframe, students work with professional engineering Mentors to design a robot that solves a problem using a Kit of Parts and a standard set of rules. Once these young inventors create the robot, their teams participate in regional competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.

FIRST Robotics Competition Columbus Qualifier Sponsors and Volunteers come from some of the most highly regarded organizations in the area, including Aflac, Pratt & Whitney, and TSYS. Sponsors provide resources including time and talent from professional Mentors, services, equipment, financial contributions, and Volunteers.


About FIRST®

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $25 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to