Oklahoma Regional 2016
Since 2007, the annual Oklahoma FIRST Regional has been held at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Teams from across the country compete in the robotics competition designed to pair professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem and compete.
FIRST, which stands for “For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen. Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and a strong promoter of science, technology, and engineering. He is best known as the inventor of the Segway. Kamen noticed that the number of American students in the science and technology field was widely decreasing and he wanted to inspire young adults to join the vast field of science and technology.