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
• High-school-aged students from your school and/or community
• Adult mentors/coaches
• Financial sponsors
• A meeting place
• Passion and dedication