“I wouldn't consider myself a mega-nerd or even a big mechanical person. I’ve learned so much and you don't have to have special skills to do it, it really just how involved you want to be.”
Boots and other students help with fundraising to support the teams with things like travel. Students say the competition helps them with public speaking, interpersonal communication and teamwork skills. Officials say the FIRST Robotics event uses the competition to propel STEM education skills. There are four other regionals being held this weekend in the U.S. and Toronto. The winners of the regional events proceed to the April Championship in St. Louis.