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Kathleen ~

So your child is going to be building something, in advance, of this competition in March and then bringing it to share? Yes, St. Louis has pretty much the same weather as Kansas City and it will still be cold and possibly snowy in that month. I can usually count on the end of April as the real signal into spring.

No, the girls are FIRST Lego League age level, 9 - 14, and this is a high school level competition, FIRST Robotics Competition. I'll be there volunteering.

This competition sounds really neat! How did you all get interested in it?

I've been a member of Atlanta Hobby Robotics Club, Botlanta, for about 12 or 13 years. One year, the president asked me if I'd like to referee a high school level competition, and I've been volunteering with FIRST ever since. Now I help with the volunteers for several different competitions including our Championship. For the last 7 years, the Championship has been held in Atlanta. Next year, it will be moving to St. Louis for at least 3 years. So, I'm going up to meet some of the local volunteers this year.

The Championship is really wild. We have the FIRST Lego League World Festival, the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship, and the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship all going on at the same time. We usually have around 10,000 kids there of assorted ages. It's really cool to see all the kids so into the robotics, and our volunteers are the greatest. It's really amazing to see these folks that I probably would never see other than on TV helping with the kids.

There are several competitions in your area, check one out. You'll have a blast. Here's the website:
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