ABOUT FIRST and the ROBOTICS COMPETITION PROGRAM
The Ultimate Sport for the Mind
We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”
Under strict rules, limited time, and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting there are over 500 teams yearly building and competing their robot to make it to the Worlds Competition in Houston Texas.
First also provided over 80 million in scholarships in 2022 to students who took part in the program.