Founded by Dean Kamen in 1989, the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) Robotics Competition is a program where inspired high school students around the world have the opportunity to combine their ideas and build a robot that completes annually assigned tasks. FIRST inspires students to learn important skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.). Throughout the six weeks of vigorous building after kickoff in January, teams prepare their robot to compete with other schools in their area, known as Regionals. The winning robots then move on and compete against other teams from across the country, and internationally, at Nationals.
FIRST Robotics not only recognizes the robots in the competition but also recognizes the commitment the students put into their robot. In order to acknowledge the loyalty, FIRST has three awards for recognition of the teams.
The Chairman’s Award: Given to the team that shows the greatest passion for science and technology by exposing it to schools and throughout the community, demonstrating the importance of engineering.
The Woody Flowers Award: Given not only for the recognition of the team, but also for one of its influential mentors!
The Dean’s List Award: Given to 2 individuals, per team, that truly show what FIRST Robotics is about, recognizing their leadership, their technical knowledge and their ability to work with their team.
The FIRST Robotics game 2014; Aerial Assist