The Red Stick Rumble, sponsored by NASA, the Albermarle Foundation, the Foundation for East Baton Rouge Parish School System, and Andymark was a robotics festival held at Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on August 31st, 2013. Over one thousand people of all ages came to witness the awesomeness of watching huge robot speed across a field of competition. These robots were not built in secret offices of large companies but in classrooms and warehouses by high school students in only six weeks time. Over twenty teams of students were present to show off their robot building and driving skills.
Teams came from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas – all to show how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics can change the lives of people everywhere. The competition this year was called Ultimate Ascent and included a number of competitive tasks that challenged builders across the country. To win, teams needed to be able to shoot Frisbees into a variety of goals, defend against opposing robots, and even climb a ten-foot high pyramid without any direct human intervention.
Everyone from television media to the East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendant came to visit. They saw our Team Pits where students rushed to put on the final touches to their robot and visited the demonstration booths where a number of STEM organizations demonstrated how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics could touch lives.
Next year, the Red Stick Rumble will open its doors once again to let people everywhere have a peek at the sport, the science, and the extreme excitement that is FIRST® Robotics.