Pittsburgh FIRST

FIRST Robotics Competition

Official FIRST Robotics Competition website & key pages from www.firstinspires.org:

About the FIRST Robotics Competition (For complete information, including impact studies and stats, see www.firstinspires.org.)

Anyone familiar with projects in the “real world” will likely be astonished at what these teams create only having six weeks from the day they learn about that year’s challenge until “Stop Build Day,” when work stops, the robot is “bagged and tagged”, and teams look forward to competing at events that take place from late February to early April.  The “impossible” schedule they are faced with forces the team members to work together closely and extract the best that each person can offer the team.

The FRC competitions, like all FIRST competitions, have all the excitement of an intense sporting event.  This Youtube clip from the 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition in Sacramento, California, nicely shows the spirit and excitement the teams — and their fans! — have for the robotics.  The tension mounts during the Regional competition as everyone gets closer to the moment in the Finals that determine which teams will be able to advance to the prestigious FIRST Championship!  Yet while the competition is very real, the teams maintain the spirit of Coopertition® where cooperation between the teams is as important as is the competition.  This Coopertition is amazing to see and is the equivalent of the two NFL teams locked in the midst of a tied Superbowl sharing equipment because one team’s item broke in the fourth quarter.

Gracious Professionalism® is an important part of the FIRST experience. From www.firstinspires.org: “Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.”

All of this – when team members are in high school – amazing! FIRST Robotics Competition team members are eligible to apply for $30 million in scholarships. Interested in starting a team? Contact us! FIRST Rookie grant applications are open until Nov 3, 2016, (See links at the top of this page)