FIRST Robotics

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization founded in 1989 by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions.

FIRST redefines winning for these students because they are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last.

RSTA student participants spend time after school and on weekends working with a team of undergraduates at MIT to prepare for the regional competition. In 2008, the team placed second in the regional competition.

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