The FIRST Robotics Competition is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing, career-molding experience – and a lot of fun.
In 2018, the competition will reach roughly 90,000 high-school-aged young people on over three thousand teams in over one hundred district and regional events. Teams come from every US state as well as twenty-eight other countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. The competitions are high-tech spectator sporting events, the result of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, project timelines, and immovable deadlines.
Colleges, universities, corporations, businesses, and individuals provide scholarships to student participants. Involved engineers experience again many of the reasons they chose engineering as a profession, and the companies they work for contribute to the community while they prepare and create their future workforce.
The competition shows students that the technological fields hold many opportunities and that the basic concepts of science, math, engineering, and invention are exciting and interesting. For more information, check the FIRST website at http://www.firstinspires.org. Either way, you’re in for a truly remarkable experience that’s a one-of-a-kind “sport of the mind”.