A quartet of participants from the Army Ants FIRST Robotics high school team, hosted by Mizzou Engineering in the Agricultural Engineering building, were selected as National Merit semifinalists recently. Four of the 18 in the city of Columbia participate in the program, which is led by MU Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering Professor Kevin Gillis.
Teresa Tang (Hickman High School), Louise Schul and Leo Zhuang (Rock Bridge), and Nick Slusher (Tolton) are one step closer to earning a prestigious scholarship, and with it, a portion of $31 million from the National Merit Scholarship Program. You can read more about their accomplishment from the Columbia Missourian.
FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” and the organization is responsible for putting on regional and national robot competitions in order to build interest in STEM in kids anywhere from elementary school to high school.