About FIRST Robotics
The program that drives ours
The program that drives ours
“To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”
Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST
FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a series of robotics-based programs focused on inspiring students to become involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These unique and innovative events teach students the skills needed to pursue careers in STEM while also providing opportunities to foster self-confidence, knowledge, and important life skills. FIRST encourages its teams to follow the ideals of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition, keeping a competitive spirit between teams while showing respect and kindness to each other. As Woodie Flowers, co-founder of FIRST, described, “Gracious Professionalism is understanding that for you to be at your best, your competition has to be at their best.”
Founded in 1989, FIRST now involves over 400,000 students from approximately 80 nations around the world. Supported by a dedicated, wonderful, and growing network of adult mentors and volunteers, FIRST brings real-world science and engineering opportunities to students across the globe. Alumni from FIRST programs access over twenty million dollars annually in scholarships offered exclusively to program participants. FIRST changes students’ lives and opens doors for their futures by providing valuable experiences not found anywhere else.
Within FIRST there are four different program levels, each providing opportunities to certain age groups. These levels include:
More information can be found at:
http://www.usfirst.org/ – Official US FIRST Website
http://www.kcfirst.org/ – Kansas City FIRST Affiliate Website
The robot game challenge changes each and every year for all FIRST programs. During competitions, FTC teams compete on alliances of two teams each, while FRC teams compete on alliances of three teams each. These alliances, which are assigned randomly and change with every qualification match, further encourage Coopertition and Gracious Professionalism at competitions; your opponent one match can be your ally the next, and vice versa.
The FIRST Lego League challenge this year is “World Class”, and features a challenge that encourages teams to explore education in many forms, including the idea of lifelong education, and the game itself is comprised of a series of education-themed challenges that teams must complete by building a LEGO based robot that is run entirely on pre-programmed instructions.
The current FIRST Tech Challenge game, meanwhile, is “Cascade Effect”. It features two alliances of two robots each facing each other on a 12′ x 12′ field. In both autonomous (pre-programmed) and tele-op (driver controlled) game periods, teams attempt to score as many small plastic balls as possible into several cylindrical goals that roll around the playing field. FTC teams have several months to construct robots for the annual game, which is revealed each year in September.
As FIRST Team 1710, The Ravonics Revolution, we participate in FIRST Robotics Competition, the most intense of the FIRST programs, often called as the “Varsity Sport For The Mind”. The FRC game this year is “Recycle Rush”. Based on a recycling theme, teams of two alliances of three robots each attempt to stack as many plastic tote containers and recycling bins as possible onto scoring platforms. FRC teams have just six weeks to design, build, program, test, and practice robots to complete each year’s challenge, which is revealed annually in early January.