What is FIRST?
FIRST stands for- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. It was founded by Dean Kamen in 1989 to encourage kids to participate in technology and science related fields.
What does it mean to us?
FIRST gives the REC Robowolves a familiarity with science and technology, which are vital subjects. It gives us an opportunity to express our knowledge of the robotic world and allows us to connect with other students with the same interest. It even allows us to focus on the business aspect of the organization and prepare us for the future.
"We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it 'the hardest fun you’ll ever have.' Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship."