E. Idaho Team Heads To Space City After FIRST Competition
Tech-savvy students put Ammon, Idaho, on the map at the Idaho FIRST Robotics Competition Regional
April 2, 2019
Over the weekend, teams from Idaho, four other states, and Mexico participated in the 2019 Idaho FIRST Robotics Competition Regional at the Ford Idaho Center. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, is an organization founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, the award-winning inventor of the iBOT (a stair-climbing wheelchair) and the Segway. About 1 million students in more than 85 countries are not only inspired to learn about and enjoy science and technology, they are also recognized for doing so by participating in competitions like the Idaho Regional.
The FIRST students from Ammon (pop. 15,500+) have shown that even small towns can foster big ideas. Out of more than 30 teams, the 1566 AmmoKnights joined California-based student teams The Millennium Falcons and Gryffingear Robotics in the Idaho Regionals Final Three after competing in the Destination: Deep Space challenge with their robots (see video above). The teams advance the FIRST Championship being held, naturally, in Houston, TX, aka Space City.