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Milpitas Xtreme Robotics Hosting Competition

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

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He has won awards for journalism (CA Journalism Award) and screenwriting (Fade In Award), and has served as a ghostwriter, speechwriter, or script doctor for over 3,000 clients. His first novel is a dark political thriller called "Red Dennis" (2020). His first nonfiction book is a guide for helping writers be more productive called "Ass Plus Seat" (2020). He co-hosts the "House of Mystery Radio Show" on NBC News Radio. Eric's books can be purchased here.

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