Sport for the Mind™
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) 2015 world robotics competition was held April 22-25 in St. Louis, where more than 17,000 students from around the globe competed in the in world’s largest robotics celebration. The exciting conclusion had a crowd of more than 40,000 fans cheering the winning teams from League City, Texas, and Davis, Clovis, and Palmdale, California.
What is FIRST?
The FIRST championship is the culmination of a season of robotics engineering, building, and competitions for kids (ages 6 – 18) from more than 30 countries. Boys and girls around the world work with mentors and professional engineers to build customized robots and test them in regional team competitions.
Inspiring Kids in STEM
FIRST founder, Dean Kamen:
Our mission is to show students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all.
When you see the FIRST teams collaborating, solving problems, and cheering together, you can’t dispute the value of this program in the lives of these kids. Besides giving them opportunities to learn and apply scientific principles, they also gain experience in teamwork, public presentation, and sportsmanship. No matter what professional field they end up choosing, those skills are invaluable.
Helping Bridge the Gender Gap in STEM
Not only are girls getting involved in co-ed robotics teams, they are leading their teams, encouraging their friends to get involved, and even comprising all-girl teams.