Last Saturday, Atlanta's Georgia Dome was packed with students cheering on the FIRST Robotics Competition national championship. We covered the final matches via live feed, but these up-close photos truly capture the event's electric atmosphere.

Even on the live stream, the excitement at the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship on Saturday was palpable. But these photos really give a sense of the action, both robot and human, that went down over the weekend during the supercharged soccer/robo-gymnastics matches.


The competition is an annual event organized by Dean Kamen's FIRST, a group that promotes science and technology to young people around the world. Saturday's event was a brilliant display of America's future top engineers showing the incredible work they're already capable of.

To find out more about how you can join a FIRST team or get one started at a school near you, head over to the group's website.