FIRST®: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
What is FIRST®?
Inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen founded FIRST® Robotics Competition in 1991, in hopes of inspiring students to pursue a future in the fields of science engineering, math and technology. Dean Kamen’s goal has been “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.”
Each year, thousands of students, mentors and volunteers participate in the competitions which develop important life skills such as teamwork, Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition®.
To learn more about FIRST® visit www.firstinspires.org
To inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
The Ultimate Varsity Sport for the Mind
FIRST® combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under specific rules and time limits, students are challenged to: raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get.
FIRST® Values – Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition®
- Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr. FLL™) is a competition for students ages 6-9.
- FIRST® Lego® League (FLL®) is a competition for middle school students (ages 9-14).
- FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) is a high school program that can be an end in itself or as a transition from FLL to FRC (ages 14-18).
- FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) is the high school level robotics competition in which the Ratchet Rockers participate. This program is unique in that it pairs students with professional engineers to expose them to the professional working world. (ages 14-18)
Learning Benefits through FIRST®:
- Learn from business professionals: engineers, programmers, etc.
- Build and compete with a robot of their own design
- Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware
- Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments