FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”. This non-profit organization was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen with the goal to inspire students about mathematics, science and technology. FIRST includes four difference chapters, which allow opportunities for students of all ages.
Teams are made up of high school students with adult and college mentors. During a six-week build period, students must completely design, build and test a robot to play in the game. Mentors teach students the different aspects of robotics, while helping design and build the robot. Through this, the students learn and practice a variety of fields including engineering, design technology, computer science, and animation. They also develop abilities such as teamwork, leadership, project management, and public relations.
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