FIRST Robotics Competition is a science, technology, engineering, and math program for a team of 10 to 50 members in 9th-12th grades. Challenged to design and build a robot using a standard “kit of parts” and within a common set of rules to play a sophisticated field game. FIRST is based on the ideal of Gracious Professionalism (GP). GP is why the FIRST program works. FIRST teams treat each other with a great deal of respect and compassion. It is considered to be an honor and a responsibility to insure that other teams succeed. We are competing like crazy with a strong desire to win, but not necessarily at the expense of the other team. To be Gracious and Professional is considered the highest honor in FIRST. Teams form in early Fall with the competitive season beginning in early January at the season’s challenge Kick-off event. Teams are then given six weeks to create their robot. District tournament events begin in March and continue through the first part of April. Teams that qualify are invited to FIRST Championship at the end of April.
Dean Kamen’s FIRST Robotics Competition (Full Segment) | Real Sports w/ Bryant Gumbel | HBO