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Jul
20
2011

We welcome (and financially support) our new computer overlords

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TJHSST's 2010 Beautybot winner with his cockroach pal.

When considering this month's $1,000 charitable donation, we looked to the future. And the future is bleak for us meatsacks.

With all the recent innovations in singing, juggling, and Jeopardy-pwning robots, we realize it's only a matter of time before we'll be bowing to our new cybernetic overlords.

So we thought it would be prudent to butter them up while they're still prototypes, and to make sure our support didn't fall into the wrong hands. Skynet, we're looking at you.

US FIRST

Thus we've just donated $1,000 to FIRST, an educational nonprofit whose acronym stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology." You may be most familiar with their FIRST Robotics program and competitions; we've pitched in to local Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology's competition the last few years, and we've prioritized our boxes of Borked Stuff for FIRST teams.

How could we not support an organization that provides a fun, accessible way for kids to get their hands dirty with design, programming, and the magic of soldering? Who knows--maybe our donation will go towards the development of another Grant Imahara, who has mentored for FIRST, which means more BattleBots, which means more swinging arms of robotic death, which means... actually, maybe this isn't such a great idea.

Please don't hurt us, Geoff.

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meaningless icon! I AM ACRobotOs. I AM A ROBOT DESIGNED TO RAISE A ACROBOT ARMY TO CONQUER EVERY GEEK IN THE UNIVERSE. GOOD DAY.
ACRobotOS said this 1189 days ago.
meaningless icon! This makes me <3 you guys even more, FIRST is very near and dear to my heart. I was a FIRSTer in high school and have volunteered for both FLL and FRC since then (10 years!). THANK YOU!!!
melitami said this 1189 days ago.
meaningless icon! Awesome! I was a member of a FIRST Robotics team in High School! I loved the program! This makes me want to buy random stuff on think geek!
MonkeyMel1003 said this 1189 days ago.
meaningless icon! You expect me to believe a robot would make such grammatical errors?
dragonblade629 said this 1189 days ago.
meaningless icon! Donating to FIRST is awesome. Thanks, from a former FIRST participant.
pyrogrl said this 1189 days ago.
meaningless icon! This must of been when Geoff was first introduced to the show, cause he is way cooler now http://youtu.be/Wag4hFAiEEs
ElementSix said this 1189 days ago.

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