FIRST Robotics Competition: Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.
The Ultimate Sport for the Mind©
We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” It is 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.
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. The robot “game” changes every season and is always exciting.
All FIRST Robotics Competition teams get to learn from professional engineers, master STEM skills, learn and use sophisticated software, hardware, and power tools, build and compete with a robot of their own design, improve teamwork, interpersonal, and communication skills, compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments, understand and practice Gracious Professionalism™, earn a place at the FIRST Championship and qualify for millions of dollars in college scholarships.
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