LOS ANGELES, C.A., - We are pleased to announce that Filipino-American, Jojo Aguilar, is returning as the Master of Ceremony for the 2014 First (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri on April 23-26, 2014 at the Edward Jones Dome. More than 10,000 high school students from around the globe will travel to compete their custom-built robots and put them to the test. FIRST is non-profit organization which produces robotics competition around the world exposing students K-12 to the exciting opportunities in science, technology and engineering fields through robotics.
“After being the Master of Ceremony for the FIRST Robotics Los Angeles Regional Competition during the last five years and hosting the World Championships the last two years, being invited back to host another world championships is very exciting for me,” says Aguilar.
“Jojo easily gained the respect and admiration of competing students and other event workers at the competition in an atmosphere of significant pressure,” says First Production Developer, Blair Hundertmark.
First Robotics Competition combines sports excitement with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to fundraise, design a brand, exercise teamwork and build and program robots to perform tasks against competitors.
About Jojo Aguilar: Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Jojo Aguilar started as an Outreach Specialist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory leading him to partner with FIRST and their robotics competition. He has also worked as an adjunct professor of Communications at California State University, Los Angeles. As a Judo champion and Hapkido black belt, he is also a self-defense instructor at Los Angeles City College and teaches the “Quick and Dirty Self-Defense” class. He was a 1995 United States Judo Collegiate Nationals Gold Medalist.