What is First Robotics Competition
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition is an annual international robotics competition for high school students. It is organized by FIRST, a non-profit organization that aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
In the FIRST Robotics Competition, teams of high school students work with adult mentors to design, build, and program robots to compete in a game that combines elements of sports, engineering, and technology. The competition takes place over the course of several months, starting in the fall and culminating in regional and national championships in the spring.
Teams are given a game manual that outlines the specific rules and objectives of the competition. The game changes from year to year, and teams must design and build their robots to meet the specific challenges of that year's game.
In addition to the technical challenges of building and programming a robot, teams also engage in outreach and other activities to promote STEM education and careers, and to give back to their communities. The FIRST Robotics Competition is designed to be a fun, hands-on learning experience that helps students develop skills in problem-solving, teamwork, and communication, as well as technical skills in engineering and computer science.