Coming up on May 24, 2019, in the large gym at Milpitas High School, MHS’s official robotics club, Milpitas Xtreme Robotics (MXR), will host the MXR Intra-Club Robotics Competition. MXR President Chloe Wang called the competition a way “for our whole community to experience STEM and robotics in a new and exciting way.”

Here’s how it’ll work: Students will be split up into small teams. They’ll then create robots designed to engage in competitions with one another. The robots will be assigned tasks, and score points in accordance with how well they carry them out. Whether students are experienced or novices when it comes to STEM and robotics, the competition stands to nurture, develop, and hone their passions.

Wang wrote to The Milpitas Beat by email, “My first robotics competition changed my life. I did not realize how impactful it would be for me, and how amazing it would be to see STEM in action, until that night. We would like to take part in sharing that experience with the rest of our community, and I hope you can support us!”

As our society looks ahead to a future in which robotic technology will increasingly factor into our day-to-day lives, from the workforce to our consumer culture to our very households, it is imperative that our young people become familiar with STEM and robotics. The same way recent generations have become adept at using personal computers, smartphones and other mobile devices, and the Internet, up-and-coming generations can only benefit from being adept in terms of robotics. What exactly the future will look like is anyone’s guess, but it’s heartening to know that young people are cultivating their skills and knowledge.

Watch this video to learn more about the competition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh89TELM06A

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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