For everyone within a daytrip’s drive of St. Louis—plan on visiting next weekend for the FIRST Robotics championships April 22-25. In a world where most kids worship athletes and rock stars, why not let them see that math, science, and engineering can be cool too. There’s something for all ages—even the youngest kids work with LEGO Mindstorm robots (and there are usually a few at the vendor’s booth for visitors to test drive.
For an idea of everything that goes on, you can check out my posts from the 2013 and 2014 events. Viewing the competitions and walking through the team pits is free—they’ll even supply you with a pair of safety goggles. The Convention Center and dome are just a block’s walk from MetroLink which can be boarded way out in the suburbs if you don’t want to drive/park downtown.
If you honestly can’t come, look for my post with pictures after the event.