The mission of First (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting extra-curricular, mentor-based robotics programs that build STEM skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life skills including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Known as “the varsity sport for the mind,” First Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited time and resources, student teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and design, build and program their team robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteers and professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. The FRC “season” begins with a January Kick-off, February-April regional events, and culminates in an April championship event.