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2019 FIRST Robotics season kicks off in Idaho

Back for its 15th year in Idaho — the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition season is officially upon us!

Tens of thousands of high school students from around the globe tuned in for the LIVE unveiling of this year's challenge DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE.

There were 146 kickoff events worldwide. For Boise, the event started at 8 a.m. at Boise State University.

The challenge guidelines are revealed to all teams simultaneously, as not to give any one team an unfair advantage.

Now, the countdown is on!

Over the next six weeks, teams will work hard to brainstorm and build industrial-size robots. On top of that, teams are in charge of raising their own funds by recruiting sponsors and developing their own team "brand."

In late February, all their hard work comes to a pause when the teams are required to "bag and tag" their robots for competition. In other words, it's all hands off until the big day comes to put their designs to the test.

The competition entails a field of challenges, which the teams have prepared for ahead of time and will acquire points for what they are able to complete.

This year, there are 16 teams from Idaho, including three rookie teams.

CBS 2News will be following along this season with one of those new teams, Team 7895 out of Homedale. Only in its first year, the team has already had more than 20 students sign up!

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

This year's Idaho FIRST Robotics Competition Regional is happening the last weekend of March at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. It is free for the public to attend.

Teams that qualify will go onto to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship in Houston April 17-20.

Click here to see a photo gallery of today's FRC kickoff event at BSU.



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