In just about a week, the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) team in Tallahassee, Florida (good luck OctoPiRates!) will be heading to the Bayou Regional competition in New Orleans. Having placed second at last months regional event, and missing gold by a scant 4 points, they are now setting their sights on a serious win as they take on the 118 teams competing in Louisiana.
FIRST is more than just a national high school robotics competition and scholarship oppurtunity, the association is based on the principals of Gracious Professionalism (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) and Coopertition (displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition). These young people are learning more than how to build and refine battle-ready robots- they are teaching and learning (from team mates and competitors) how to be their best selves and promote the successes of others.
"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."
Dean Kamen, Founder
(FIRST Robotics, Tallahassee)
(FIRST Robotics, Michigan)