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Members of The Highlanders, of Fort Collins, Colorado, make adjustments to their robot during the Oklahoma Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on Saturday in Oklahoma City. [Josh Wallace/The Oklahoman]
Members of The Highlanders, of Fort Collins, Colorado, make adjustments to their robot during the Oklahoma Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on Saturday in Oklahoma City. [Josh Wallace/The Oklahoman]

NASA Administrator, and former Oklahoma congressman, Jim Bridenstine visited Oklahoma City on Saturday to encourage youth involved in robotics during the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Cox Convention Center.

Bridenstine, who was picked by President Donald Trump to lead the space agency last year, congratulated all of those who competed in the event, which featured dozens of teams from Oklahoma and teams from neighboring states.

This year’s competition was themed “Destination: Deep Space,” and challenged teams to remotely operate their robots to collect samples on a fictitious planet while combating unpredictable terrain and weather.

“If this is something you love to do, regardless of what happened today, keep doing it, because you can always do more and you can always achieve and you never know what the future holds,” Bridenstine told competitors and visitors during the closing ceremony.

Bridenstine spoke of the scientists and engineers who successfully landed the Mars lander InSight last year.

“The people who put this together, friends, 15 years ago were in your seats,” he said. “A lot of them participated in FIRST robotics. These are young folks, the new imagination of the future. Friends, 15 years from now you could be dedicating your life to putting a robot on another world.”

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<strong>NASA Administrator, and Oklahoma native, Jim Bridenstine speaks during the Oklahoma Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on Saturday in Oklahoma City. [Josh Wallace/The Oklahoman]</strong>

NASA Administrator, and Oklahoma native, Jim Bridenstine speaks during the Oklahoma Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on Saturday in Oklahoma City. [Josh Wallace/The Oklahoman]

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