FIRST Robotics Announces 2017 STEAMWORKS Competition, Local Milwaukee Teams Kickoff Season

FIRST Robotics Announces 2017 STEAMWORKS Competition, Local Milwaukee Teams Begin Season

What do airships, boilers, rotors, fuel, gears, robots, steampunk, and high school students have in common? They are all part of this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST STEAMworks.

On Saturday, January 7th, 2017, dozens of teams of high school students from southeast Wisconsin along with thousands of other teams from around the world viewed the Kickoff for FIRST STEAMworks and began planning how to build a robot to accomplish the game tasks.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen that challenges students to work with community mentors to design and build a robot in only six weeks to play a unique game each year in hopes that the students will become inspired to pursue careers in science and technology.

This is the 26th year of the competition and for the first time ever, there will be two regional competitions in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Regional will be held at the UWM Panther Arena from March 23rd – March 25th and the Seven Rivers Regional will be held in LaCrosse at the LaCrosse Center from April 13th – April 15th. Both events are free and open to the public and will feature approximately 50 teams from Wisconsin and surrounding states.

Come and see several of these teams show off their robots during Robotics Week at Discovery World from April 10th – 15th. Discovery World wishes these teams well during their build and competition seasons! For more information about FIRST (which also runs programs for middle and elementary school students), visit