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First Robotics Competition

What is FIRST? 

FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including; self-confidence, communication and leadership.

What is FRC?

FRC stands for “FIRST Robotics Competition.” Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”

Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.

How it Works!

Each year  brings  a new  challenge  for  FIRST®  Robotics  Competition teams.  With  limited time and resources, they enhance their brand,  raise  needed  funds, and  work  with mentors to  analyze and  develop a strategy  to compete  via provided rules and  guidelines. Team members  design and  build  a  competitive industrial-sized robot using  sophisticated hardware and software  technology  to meet the  challenge. Students experience  real-world engineering  and entrepreneurship. Each team  competes  for  judged  and competition awards  at action-packed multi-day event with other teams. FIRST  Robotics  Competition is  a sport  where  all participants  can choose to  become a  professional.

What it offers:

•    It is an activity where participants  play with and  learn from the pros

•    Designing and building  a robot  is a fascinating  real-world  professional experience

•    Competing  brings participants  as   much  excitement and adrenaline rush   as  conventional varsity tournaments

•  The  game  rules are  a surprise every year

•  Access  to  career  discovery  opportunities, networking, and the  FIRST  Scholarship Program

Get Started

•  High-school-aged  students  from  your school  and/or  community

•  Adult mentors/coaches

•  Financial  sponsors

•  A meeting place

•  Tools

•  Time

•  Passion and  dedication

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