OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Members of the robotics team from Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb were cheered on by State Senator Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher, as they competed at the annual Oklahoma FIRST regional event in Oklahoma City. Teams from across the country compete in the robotics competition designed to pair professionals with young people to solve an engineering design problem and compete.
FIRST, which stands for “For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen. Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and a strong promoter of science, technology, and engineering. He is best known as the inventor of the Segway. He noticed that the number of American students in the science and technology field was declining and he wanted to inspire young adults to join the vast field of science and technology.
The innovative program strives to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills.