What does FIRST mean?
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.
Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
What is FIRST Tech Challenge?
"It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 team members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.
Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.
Teams design and build robots, raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach to earn specific awards. Participants are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships. Each season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship."
>>> see links from FIRST organization for more information
Outreaches & Mentorship Performed (click to expand or collapse)
Feb '21 > Congressman Sean Casten Zoom Meeting
Jan '21 > Volunteer packing meals at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)
Dec '20 > Built connections in community with virtual meeting with company owners (CEO & Lead Engineer) to learn about their business of building some serious industrial collaborative robots
Dec '20 > Mentor FLL Team and continue to foster involvement in FIRST
Dec '20 > Connected (virtually) with FTC team Stealth Robotics #18255 on discussing what is working/not working this season AND learned about each others design & build process & tools
Nov '20 > Mentor FLL Team and continue to foster involvement in FIRST
Oct '20 > Built connections in community with a tour of a company's operations facilities that uses real autonomous robots to pick/pull product for customer sales
Sep '20 > Connected (virtually) with FTC team Turbo Charge #14615 on discussing what is working/not working this season AND learned about G10 composite material for chasis
Summer > Provided services by 3D printing and delivering personal protection Face Shields and Face Mask Straps to local community first responders in need
FLL Jr Team Mentoring
FLL Jr Team Competition
Face Shields & Mask Extensions
YMCA After School Program Visits