FIRST Robotics Competition is an international competition in its 21st year. FIRST means “For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” and was founded by inventor Dean Kamen. It encourages the development of future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce by pairing engineer mentors with high school students. During the 6 week build season, teams have to build a robot capable in competing in that year’s game or challenge. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get and is considered “the varsity sport for the mind.”
FIRST also teaches an ideal called Gracious Professionalism. Gracious Professionalism emphasizes high quality work, values the successes of others, and respects individuals and the community. We have always tried to emulate that in all of our actions as a team. Gracious Professionalism truly defines FIRST and sets it apart from other STEM competitions.
To learn more you can go to their website, go to usfirst.org