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Powering up the 2018 FIRST Robotics season in Idaho

This season there are more than 3600 competing teams from throughout the world; six from Idaho (Abigail Taylor, KBOI).

Hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe gathered together (virtually) on Saturday for the official kick off to the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition.

FIRST Robotics is an intense six-week competition where high school students are challenged to raise funds, design a team 'brand', and ultimately build, as well as program, industrial-size robots to play difficult field games, under strict rules and with limited resources. Each season ends with a FIRST Championship where students go head to head against like-minded competitors.

This season there are more than 3600 competing teams from throughout the world; six from Idaho.

Each team is made up of anywhere from 10 to 100 students. There are nearly 100,000 students involved in FIRST Robotics worldwide, from 27 different countries.

During Saturday's kick off event, teams were simultaneously shown a video detailing this year's FIRST POWER UP challenge and given the official season manual. After that, the teams began brainstorming how they plan to build a robot that will beat out the competition.

KBOI 2News will be following two Treasure Valley teams as they progress throughout the 2018 season; the Bullbots and the Chickadees.

Both teams will be competing in the Utah Regional FRC 2018, February 28th through March 3rd , as well as FIRST Idaho Regional, March 29th through March 31st.

Click here to see more photos from today's event in Boise.


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