Simple answer - join FIRST! FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Basically, you get to join a team and every year build a robot! Go to usfirst.org for more information. There are opportunities for 1st-12th graders around the world. For example, the high school FRC divisions got to build robots that threw frisbees and climbed pyramids. The winners of divisional and regional competitions got to go down to St. Louis for International competitions. Also, there are thousands of dollars in scholarships, and it looks really good on college applications.