Have you seen that BattleBots TV show where teams make little robots to destroy each other in an arena competition? Well this is not unlike that. Teams of school-aged kids will get to compete this Friday and Saturday in a robotics competition from FirstInspires.org, and LEGO.

The FIRST Tech Challenge for kids grades 9-12 is on Friday, and the FIRST LEGO League Jr. competition for kids 4-8 grades is Saturday, both at Shroyer Gym. You can go watch for free.

Here's the schedule of events:

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Tournament Information
Thursday, January 26, 2017–recommended for all teams
6:00–9:00p  Robot software/hardware Inspection–Shroyer Gym

Friday, January 27, 2017
7:00–7:45a      Registration–North Lobby, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
7:00a–6:00p    Pits open–Shroyer Gym
7:30–9:30a      Robot software/hardware Inspection–Shroyer Gym
7:45–9:00a      Judging Team Locker Rooms and Practice Rounds
9:10–9:35a      Drivers & Coaches meeting–MANDATORY–Bleachers Shroyer Gym
9:40–10:05a    Opening Ceremony–Shroyer Gym
10:05a–4:05p  Qualification Rounds–Shroyer Gym
4:15–4:45p      Alliance Selection–Shroyer Gym
4:45–6:15p      Championship Matches–Shroyer Gym
6:30–6:45p      Final Awards & Closing Ceremony–Shroyer Gym

FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) Tournament Information
Saturday, January 28, 2017
7:30–8:30a      Registration–North Lobby Brick Breeden Field house
7:30–5:00p      Pits open–North Gym
8:00–8:20a      Coaches meeting–MANDATORY–Bleachers Shroyer Gym
8:00–8:30a      Judges and Judge Queuer Meeting–Shroyer Gym
8:30–9:00a      FLL JR Registration
8:30a–12:15p  Judging (Students only)–Shroyer Gym
10:00–11:30a  FIRST LEGO League Jr. Showcase–in hall behind S bleachers
10:00–10:20a  Referees Meeting–Shroyer Gym
10:20–11:30a  Practice Rounds–Shroyer Gym
12:30–12:45p  Opening Ceremony. Jr FLL certificates–Shroyer Gym
12:50–5:15p    Competition Rounds–Shroyer Gym
5:15–6:00p      Closing Ceremony and Awards–Shroyer Gym

More info
http://www.montana.edu/first (click on the menu on the left)
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/education/msu-to-host-robotics-competitions-for-montana-youth/article_4777b7e6-f6cb-5a0e-93bf-9437335e1dd4.html#utm_source=bozemandailychronicle.com&utm_campaign=morning-headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline