Students, volunteers 'gear' up for FIRST Robotics Competition

Students are getting ready for the FIRST Robotics Competition coming to Boise this weekend. (KBOI Photo)

A lot goes into building a robot.

Even more goes into planning a robotics competition that's attracted between 35 and 38 teams from as far away as Canada.

One reason Idaho First Robotics Regional Director Richard Anderson says they need a lot of volunteers, time, and sponsors.

Starting Friday, hundreds of students and spectators will fill the Taco Bell Arena at Boise State to watch robots go head to head in a 'Steamworks' themed challenge.

FIRST Robotics gives kids a hands on approach to learning STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Anderson is encouraging Treasure Valley residents to go to the free event and "see how smart these kids are."

"This is our future workforce. This is all about STEM in action," he said.

The event is free to the public and starts at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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