Mercer to host GeorgiaFIRST Robotics district qualifier

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Robots competing in arena with audience and referee
2022 GeorgiaFIRST Robotics competition

MACON — GeorgiaFIRST Robotics, a STEM-based organization for youth across the state, and FIRST in South Carolina are partnering with Mercer University to host the Peachtree District Qualifier Event at Hawkins Arena on Mercer’s Macon campus April 5 and 6.

The Peachtree District Championship is the state championship of high school-level robotics and challenges teams of students to build robots to compete in head-to-head challenges. The top 50 teams from the Peachtree District will receive an invitation to compete against the best in the district.

“the ultimate sport for the mind”

GeorgiaFIRST Robotics

Event organizers describe the competition as “combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. They say it’s the ultimate sport for the mind, and that high-school student participants call it ‘the hardest fun you’ll ever have.’”

“We are thrilled to again host the Georgia FIRST Robotics championship on Mercer’s campus. Students from across the state and South Carolina will have the opportunity to engage with our campus community through campus tours, a STEM lab tour, and a student social as they compete. Five participants will be recognized with a FIRST Robotics scholarship to attend Mercer University” said Dr. Kelly Holloway, assistant vice president for enrollment management.

GeorgiaFIRST Robotics Peachtree District Championships

Friday, April 5
8 a.m.-7 p.m., Hawkins Arena, Mercer University

Saturday, April 6
8 a.m.-6 p.m., Hawkins Arena, Mercer University

This event is free and open to the public. The complete competition schedule is available on the GeorgiaFIRST website.

About GeorgiaFIRST

FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” and is an international organization founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen. GeorgiaFIRST is the state organization that nurtures passion for science, technology, engineering and math in students K-12. The goal of the organization is to excite youth about STEM careers, supply them with resources to succeed, encourage them to invest wisely in their educational endeavors and build confidence in their leadership and communication skills.