FIRST (For the Inspiration of Science and Technology) Robotics is an international robotics organization founded by Dean Kamen. The intent of FIRST is to inspire students in the fields of science and technology through competitions.
FIRST has four competitions it facilitates each year to promote this vision: FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), FIRST LEGO League (FLL),and Junior FIRST LEGO League (JFLL). Trident Robotics participate in FIRST’s FRC program for high school students.
FIRST – “A Sport for the Mind”
The FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology. Over a six week period, students design, manufacture, assemble, program, and test a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It is as close to “real world” engineering as a high school student can get. Teams compete in regional competitions and at the World Championships.