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What is FIRST® ?
FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology. It was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen. Its motto is “To create a world where science and technology are celebrated… where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes”. They are the organization which organizes and runs the competitions between teams. They also release the new game each year.
What is FRC?
FRC stands for FIRST Robotics Competition. It’s the name of the league which 1374 is a part of. There are about 4,000 other FRC teams worldwide, with teams in the US, Mexico, Europe, Israel, China, Australia, and Canada.
When does this all happen?
FIRST releases the new game each year in early January, and teams have until late February (six weeks) to build their robot. Then, teams go to competitions in March and April.
What’s the 2017-2018 competition season schedule?
Kickoff: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Stop Build: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
How can I get involved?
There are many roles you can uptake in the FIRST community whether you are a current student or not. If you are a student, you can join a FIRST team depending on your age. Find a FIRST team near you. If you are not a student, you can get involved by either becoming a mentor or by sponsoring a team. Mentors specialize in both technical and non-technical fields and help to increase students’ knowledge regarding said field. If you are interested in mentoring or sponsoring us, let us know here!