Since before Deep Blue's victory over chess legend Garry Kasparov, the technophobes among us have lived in fear of a robotic uprising. Luckily, area high school students have no such qualms. You can bear witness to their embrace of technological progress and the man-over-machine ethos at the Greater Kansas City FIRST Robotics Competition
, where 47 area teams will vie to prove their intellectual mettle in the form of Frankenstein creations. Drop by Hale Arena (1701 American Royal Court) to see student-built robots compete to perform predetermined tasks. This day isn't quite about domination, however: FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology) aims to impart the utility of engineering and technology in problem solving to today's students and tomorrow's tech prodigies. The games go from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and continue through Saturday. For more information, call 816-452-5575.
FIRST Robotics Competition
March 6-8, 2008