The future of robotics comes to Columbus State for Georgia FIRST Robotics Competition

March 16, 2022

This weekend, hundreds of students representing 29 high-school teams from across Georgia will gather at Columbus State University to showcase their hard work and demonstrate their skill for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Georgia FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition is being held March 17-19 at the Lumpkin Center on CSU’s Main Campus.

Over the past several weeks, teams of students have worked with professional engineering mentors to design a robot that solves a problem using a kit of parts, a standard set of rules, and innovative thinking. Now, these young inventors are gathering in Columbus to showcase their work and compete for the top spots. Judges for the competition will measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of the students.

Dr. Mahmut Reyhanoglu, director of CSU’s Robotics Engineering program, is very excited about the competition being held on campus.

“This competition gives these innovative young people the opportunity to learn and apply STEM skills while experiencing the excitement of sport,” he explained. “I believe that every student has the potential to excel in STEM and lead the future in science and technology. CSU is honored to partner with Georgia FIRST® to bring this important event together on our campus. ”

Columbus State’s Robotics Engineering program prepares students for careers in robotics, automation, hardware development, software development and machine learning. In addition to traditional bachelor’s and master of science degrees in robotics engineering, its accelerated Robotics Engineering program allows exceptional students to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.

The university’s suite of robotics engineering offerings also includes an associate of science degree in engineering studies and a seven-course, 21-credit-hour robotics certificate program open to all CSU students and others seeking to expand their knowledge in the field.

For more information about CSU’s Robotics Engineering program, visit

The mission of Georgia FIRST® Robotics is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self -confidence, communication, and leadership. For more information on Georgia FIRST® Robotics, visit

The top qualifying teams will move onto regional level competition later this year.

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