ABOUT FIRST®

"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® 

What is FIRST®?

Howell Highlander Robotics, S.C.O.T.S. Bots Team #4776, and the Howell High School, would like to introduce you to FIRST® (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, “the varsity sport for the mind.”  FIRST® is a mentor based, student led program that combines the excitement of a sport with the rigors of science and technology.  Under strict rules and a 6-week time limit, teams of high school students are challenged to plan, design, build, and program a robot to perform imposed tasks, against a field of multinational competitors.  In addition, the team must write a business plan, build and maintain a website, develop teamwork skills, scribe legacy documentation, create computer animation designs, and secure funding through sponsorship.  In FIRST® Robotics Competition, students realize that FIRST® is about more than robots; it’s about teamwork, sharing helping others, and respect.  Our organization provides unique student driven opportunities which encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, cultivate valuable partnerships, and impart life skills, that motivate students to pursue a future in STEM related fields.  We also strive to empower students to explore their passions and work independently to solve problems and make effective decisions.  Our students are taught to be well prepared for college and career by creating a resume documenting their FIRST® experiences.  It’s as close to real-world engineering and business, as a student can get.  At FIRST®, learning never stops building upon itself, starting at age 6 and continuing through age 18.  The FIRST® progression of programs includes Junior FLL (Junior FIRST® Lego League) for Grades 1-3, FLL (FIRST® Lego League) for Grades 3-5, FTC (FIRST® Tech Challenge) for Grades 6-8, and FRC (FIRST® Robotics Competition) for Grades 9-12.  FIRST® Robotics Competition is about more than robots.  “It’s about the experience of people working together toward a mutual goal.”  FIRST® redefines “winning” by rewarding teams for achievements not necessarily gained on the field of playrades 9-12.  FIRST® Programs, even at an early age, positively impact students throughout their education and even into careers.  FIRST® is a massive community with ties to the universities and the professional world. Over $25 million are available to students who make a significant contribution and committment to FIRST®.  For more information, view the FIRST in Michigan web site http://www.firstinmichigan.org

FIRST® IMPACT

FIRST® Robotics works closely with research and academic organizations to provide tangible evidence of its impact on a student’s education and career choices. The positive impact on FIRST® participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 88% of high school students have more interest in school, 90% have more interest in taking a challenging math or science course, and 90% are more interested in attending college.  It’s an amazing organization that fosters teamwork, self-confidence, and critical thinking while developing valuable partnerships and life skills.  Additionally, FIRST® prepares high school students to continue their education in the STEM field and become valued employees of the future, for companies like yours.  As the importance of FIRST® grows, there is an increased demand for qualified engineers to lead Michigan, the country and the world into new technologies and innovations. By the year 2018, there will be 274,000 STEM jobs available in Michigan, as STEM jobs continue to grow 1.7 times faster than non-STEM jobs.  Each year, FIRST® Robotics Competition presents a new and exciting Game Challenge to ignite the creativity and imagination of high school students worldwide