FIRST Robotic Competition Mission
Our mission 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.
Engage kids in kindergarten through high school in exciting,
Mentor-based, research and robotics programs that help them become
science and technology leaders, as well as well-rounded contributors to
Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor and Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, coined the term "Gracious Professionalism®."
Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.
With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.
In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.
Coopertition® produces innovation. At FIRST, Coopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.
Coopertition involves learning from teammates. It is teaching teammates. It is learning from mentors. And it is managing and being managed. Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can.
FIRST works closely with research and academic organizations to provide tangible evidence of our impact on students’ education and career choices.
FIRST Breakaway - 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition game.
Robots directed soccer balls into goals; traversed bumps on the field; suspended themselves and others on towers; and go through tunnels located in the center of the field.
FIRST Lunacy- 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition game.
The name and some of the features of the game honored the 40th anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon (Latin: Luna).
FIRST Power Up - 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition
Robots move "Power Cubes" to various heights and climb at the end of the match.
FIRST SteamWorks - 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition
Robots scored points by shooting fuel into boilers, placing gears on an airship, and climbing, at the end.