What's FIRST?

F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a partnership with local businesses and middle school students to solve a complex problem.  Each team solves this problem by creating a robot that is used to compete against other middle school teams from around the world.  This competition exposes them to mechanical, electrical, and software engineering, as well as, sales, marketing, and public speaking.

FIRST is not just robotics, it is about changing our culture.  It is about exposing students to the fact that it is more fun to create a video game than it is to play one.  The goal is to show kids that math, science, and technology careers can be fun, rewardable, and attainable.  The FIRST team at Hopkins Middle School is working toward this goal.

(Adapted From Tech Vikes FRC 2054 )

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is designed for middle-schoolers who want to compete head to head using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete on a 12 X 12’ field in an Alliance format against other teams. Robots are built using a TETRIX® platform that is reusable from year-to-year using a variety of languages. Teams, including Coaches, Mentors, and Volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

Middle school students get to:
- Design, build, and program robots.
- Apply real-world math and science concepts.
- Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills.
- Compete and cooperate in alliances at tournaments.
- Earn a place in the World Championship.
- Qualify for nearly $10 million in college scholarships.

(Adapted From US FIRST www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms)

For more on FIRST Tech Challenge from US FIRST please click here