About FIRST Robotics
FIRST is an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” Each year, teams compiled of high school students build a robot and contend to see which robot completes a specified task the best. Every year, the new game is announced in January and teams have six weeks to design, build, and program their robot. Although there are restrictions on the materials that can be used, each robot is always unique. At the end of the six weeks, regional competitions are held, and the winners of those competitions advance to the championship competition held in St. Louis. At both regionals and nationals, teams try for awards such as the Chairman’s Award, the Creativity Award, and the Team Spirit Award.