FIRST Robotics Competition

The FIRST Robotics Competition NYC Regional is always a raucous and uplifting event. This year, three dozen teams of NYC-area high school students have built robots for the competition, which is designed to encourage interest in science, technology, and math. The teams have their own uniforms, chants, face paint, and even cheering sections. The enthusiasm of the kids and their supporters is incredibly inspiring.

It’s especially great to see that the program has attracted teams from a wide variety of schools — not just the elite ones. The kids are as diverse economically and ethnically as NYC is. It’s a wonderful sight.

(Riverbank State Park, Riverside Dr between 135 & 145 Sts)