field of robotics has changed
dramatically since it's early days. No
longer is it thought of only as science
fiction, but as a technological milestone.
Robots are created for assisting humans
in everyday life and at work. To design
such robots, people must integrate ideas
of math, science and engineering. The need
for more engineers, scientists, designers
and mathematicians has dramatically increased.
Because of this increase, students are
encouraged to take robotics courses and
integrate what they learn to come up with
new ideas to solve problems with the use
Some of the most useful robots are used everyday without even being noticed. Robots are used in different job fields such as assembly lines for cars and food products and are even used to disarm bombs for the military and police force. Other robots perform invasive surgery or explore places we haven't yet explored, such as Mars.
Inspiring Student Interest in Science and Technology
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) designs accessible, innovative programs that build not only science and technology skills and interests, but also self-confidence, leadership, and life skills in our next generation of innovators, engineers and technicians. Over 60,000 high-school students engage in science and technology through the excitement, intensity, learning, and fun of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Robots are built by people who were inspired by a simple thing and let their idea grow, just as any FIRST team member does during a brainstorming session.
Throughout the FRC experience, students gain maturity, build self-confidence, learn teamwork, and gain an understanding of professionalism. They learn skills along the way that all but guarantee them extraordinary career opportunities in a host of exciting fields. FIRST provides a community where students can learn and have fun simultaneously. The impact of FIRST in a student's life is obvious.
"FIRST was the highlight of my final high school year and was
tremendously educational, intensive, and rewarding.
The event was way beyond my expectations."