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FIRST Robotics Team

First Promo Video 2011 Featuring Morgan Freeman

Vision of FIRST:

"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes" - Dean Kamen, Founder

FIRST helps students of all ages to develop real-world skills pertinent to any career but in particular those based in mathematics, science, engineering and technology.

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

FIRST helps students of all ages to develop real-world skills pertinent to any career but in particular those based in mathematics, science, engineering and technology.

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is designed for students in 9th-12th grades. Each year a new game is devised that challenges teams to develop 120 pound robots that play in alliances of three teams. The 2-minute game is different each year and it involves demanding activities such as shooting balls through hoops, balancing robots on see-saw bridges, running min-robots up poles, etc while being blocked and challenged by robots from an opposing alliance.

Each competition has the excitement (and music, and noise!) of a combined rock concert and sporting event. Any team that sets out to purposely destroy another robot is in violation of the Gracious Professionalism rule and is disqualified so this is NOT Battle-Bots. That doesn’t mean that the competition is boring to watch however as clashes are inevitable and sometimes destructive.

Between games, teams return with their robots to the "pits" where repairs and more strategizing occur. While teams and robots are in the "pits" they are visited by teams of judges who evaluate teams and robots for 9 awards based on widely differing criteria. Scoring points in the game is not the only goal. Teams may be recognized for a particularly terrific design feature on their robot, for their presentation and communication skills, for their overall team spirit, for community outreach to foster the mission of FIRST, etc. So, overall, students learn and are assessed against the real-world skills they have learned and demonstrated.

FIRST alumni have gone on to great success in a variety of professional fields as is demonstrated by research studies conducted by Brandeis University. These studies have also shown that FIRST contributes to significantly increased success for students in high school, college entry, and the workplace.

FIRST Scholarships

Many colleges and universities, professional associations, and corporations offer college scholarships to high school students on FIRST teams. This is official recognition of the knowledge and technical and life skills these students have gained from participating in a FIRST competition. For 2012, we currently have over 153 scholarship providers that are making available over 686 individual scholarship opportunities with a total value of nearly $15 Million! As the season progresses, more scholarship providers will be joining our program. So keep checking back here to see new scholarships!

FIRST Scholarships:

  • Vary from one-time awards of $1,000 to full four-year tuition (estimated at $160,000)
  • Are typically merit-based and cover a broad range of scholastic abilities
  • May be for STEM majors (60%); or for any course of study (40%)
  • Are usually for use at a specific college/university, but a few can be used at any school
  • Each have unique eligibility requirements, deadline dates, and application procedures

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