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.

More Than Robots

FIRST is more than just building robots. It is about finding life long passions and fostering innovation for upcoming generations. This organization advocates for the diffusion of everyday life and STEM while inspiring people from all walks to pursue their interests. It’s all in their name, “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”. By recognizing and celebrating the importance of science and technology, FIRST has impacted thousands of lives. Each and everyday people are inspired by this company in some way or another. Children seeing a functioning robot for the first time become awed and think it’s a work of magic. High school students find themselves and discover possible job positions through their involvement in this program. Mentors have the opportunity to teach the next generation indispensable skill sets. As a result of this hands on program, participants are required to challenge themselves in order to solve what seems like impossible problems. FIRST teaches us so much more than how to build a robot. It teaches us business skills, gracious professionalism, and how to effectively communicate with others on our team. So thank you,¬†FIRST, for meaning so much more than robots. The program wouldn’t be the same if it’s only mission was to build robots.