Throughout the region, high schools are adding FIRST robotics programs to encourage the study of engineering and related fields, while teaching collaboration and other 21st-century skills, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. FIRST means "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology." This school year, the program was offered in 29 area high schools, up from 25 in 2006. A nonprofit based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST simultaneously encourages competition and collaboration. The Chestnut Hill Academy-Springside School robotics program, which began seven years ago in a closet, now has its own facility, a 1,600-square-foot laboratory in Chestnut Hill's new Rorer Center for Science...

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