FIRST Robotics is an international high school robotic competition.
The goal, which is reset each year, is complete the challenge with a robot that was built from scratch. You complete the challenge with an “alliance”. A team made up of three other robots from different schools. FIRST was founded in 1989 by Woodie Flowers and Dean Kamen. It is based in Manchester, New Hampshire. The FIRST mission statement is “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.” FIRST designs easy accessible innovative programs that help inspire kids and young adults to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, and BotProvoking fully supports and embodies these values.
Visit the FIRST website to learn more: http://usfirst.org/