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FIRST Robotics is programmed to spark interest

For one former participant, Oklahoma’s FIRST Robotics Competition provided an avenue to a high-tech career.
By Scott Meacham Modified: February 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm •  Published: February 4, 2014

Xavier Zwirtz first got into robots at a 4-H meeting.

At the time, he was an Oklahoma teenager and interested in video games. He readily admits that all the talk about horseback riding and leather making made him think he was in the wrong place. But then the 4-H leader passed around a piece of paper and asked the teenagers to check what interested them.

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There are more than $19 million in 850-plus scholarship opportunities from 150-plus providers available to the 67,500 students on 2,700 FIRST Robotics Competition teams.


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