Nearly 70,000 people cheering for their favorite teams, bleachers filled with signs and costumes, and fans gushing over game highlights and strategic execution. This was the scene in Houston and Detroit in late April—not for a football game or rally, but rather the premier sport for the mind: the world’s largest youth robotics competition, FIRST® Championship.

Hosted by FIRST, FIRST Championship is the annual culmination of robotics challenges for student teams from around the world. Between its two events in April 2018, FIRST Championship saw 1,400 teams of students ages six to 18, and teams...

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  • About the Author:

    Donald E. Bossi is the president of the global nonprofit FIRST® and has more than 20 years of experience as a successful technology executive. Bossi is eager to develop the next generation of innovators and has made it his mission to help educators empower kids to reach their full potential, making hands-on STEM programs more widely available to underserved students across the country and around the world.