FIRST Robotics is programmed to spark interest
For one former participant, Oklahoma’s FIRST Robotics Competition provided an avenue to a high-tech career.Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 By: Scott Meacham Source: The Oklahoman
Xavier Zwirtz first got into robots at a 4-H meeting.
At the time, he was an Oklahoma teenager and interested in video games. He readily admits that all the talk about horseback riding and leather making made him think he was in the wrong place. But then the 4H leader passed around a piece of paper and asked the teenagers to check what interested them.
The word “robotics” was on the list, and Xavier, who has always been homeschooled, was hooked. He joined the 4-H Stars, an Oklahoma FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition team.