What is FIRST?
FIRST, “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”, is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young people to develop an interest and participate in science and technology. It was founded by Dean Kamen in 1989, and is now in its 30th year. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) combines quality life skills, such as “Gracious Professionalism” and “Coopertition”, with technology to inspire the next generation of STEM working professionals. FIRST is a unique partnership between industry and academia, resulting in an environment that fosters a deeper appreciation for science and technology. Students work side by side with professional engineers and knowledgeable mentors to learn through hands on experience to give students a read world experience.
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Eeach alliance works to protect FIRST City from approaching asteroids caused by a distant skirmish in the reaches of space. Each alliance works with their droids to race to collect and score Power Cells to energize their Shield Generator for maximum protection. In order to activate the stages of the Shield Generator, droids manipulate their Control Panels after scoring a specific number of Power Cells. At the end of the match, droids race to their Rendezvous Point to their Shield Generator operational in order to protect FIRST City!
The alliances’s droids are pre-programmed to protect FIRST City through scoring Power Cells in the Power Port, as well as moving from the Initiation Line.
After the first fifteen seconds drivers take control over their droids, Alliance continue to protect FIRST City – and score points – by continuing to score Power Cells in the Power Port, completing Rotation Control and Position Control through manipulation of their Control Panel, hanging from the Generator Switch and getting the Generator Switch to be in a level position after the period of protection has ended for FIRST City.