From movies like The Terminator, Robocop and Big Hero 6 to novels like I, Robot, people have had a fascination with robots since even before they were realized, and the high school-aged kids participating in the FIRST Idaho Regional Robotics Competition this coming weekend at the Ford Idaho Center will carry on that tradition in style. Robots brought in by teams from the the U.S. and Mexico will square off during this high-tech showdown, competing for accolades in the categories of design excellence, sportsmanship, teamwork and more. This year's theme is "Destination: Deep Space," which means not only will there be robots, there will be rockets, too.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, FREE. Ford Idaho Center, 16200 N. Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-468-1000, idahofrcregional.org.