FIRST Robotics Team Celebrates World Championship Win at Magic Kingdom

Thirty Central Florida high schoolers on a local FIRST Robotics team enjoyed an early morning at Magic Kingdom Park this week.

Central Florida FIRST Robotics Team ©Disney

The students and their leadership team—which included several Walt Disney World Resort Disney VoluntEARS—visited Tomorrowland before the park opened.

The group enjoyed Space Mountain, where they had the opportunity to speak with a group of Disney Engineers about the science behind the attraction.

Space Mountain

The team, creatively named “Exploding Bacon,” was recently honored with the Chairman’s Award at the worldwide 2019 FIRST Championship, the most prestigious title awarded through FIRST for consistent demonstration, excellence, and impact within the FIRST and student’s local communities.

“Bringing these students out to Tomorrowland, a land dedicated to celebrating innovation and looking ahead, was a way to share the direct impact STEM education has on Walt Disney World Resort, and showed these students how their passion can turn into magic for others,” said Tajiana Ancora Brown, director of external affairs for Walt Disney World Resort.

FIRST is a nonprofit organization advancing youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.  It aims to encourage young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build skill and inspire innovation.

Have you or your kids participated in FIRST programs? Share your experiences in the comments.

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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