Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WPDE) — Robots are going head to head in Myrtle Beach this weekend. High school teams from around the world are here to compete at the Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.
Inside the Myrtle Beach Convention Center you can experience it all: the sights, the sounds and the robots.
"I like watching and cheering and it's just a great experience. Everybody is so happy," said Temere Henegraaf of Team Rembrandts. Her team came all the way from the Netherlands.
"We have these things we scream in Dutch and no one understand us," she said.
The excitement is contagious; the intelligence, remarkable.
The are 2,000 high school students with creative, innovative ideas.
"It's always a great experience to come out and learn, meet new people and learn new ways to do things," said Thomas J. Anderson, on Team Aluminum Assault from the Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology in Myrtle Beach. "When you see a robot it's like, 'Wow, I can't believe I didn't think about that. That's such a better way of doing it.'"
The FIRST Robotics program is not just about building and creating, it's about outreach.
"Encouraging other people to gain a passion for STEM and an interest in engineering and going into college and careers in the field," said Shannon Werntz, on Team Mars 2614 from Morgantown, W.Va.
And, it's inspiring, to say the least.
The Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition continues Saturday, March 3 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Opening ceremonies start at 8:30 a.m. The public is invited.
For more information visit http://www.myrtlebeachfirstrobotics.com/