Why Should I Join a FIRST Robotics Team?

Testing a kicking mechanism

Why should you join a FIRST robotics team? Well, to keep it simple- FIRST Robotics is absolutely awesome!

First Robotics offers exciting experiences that can not be offered by any other club known. Throughout your time in First Robotics you will experience things like personal interaction in a team that design and build a working robot every season. Besides the student team-based interaction there is also the involvement of mentors and adult leaders in the Robotics club. FIRST also offers members tremendous opportunities by allowing them to work with professionals in both business and engineering fields. Many of these opportunities come from working with mentors and volunteers working in the field of study. Throughout your time in Robotics you will be taught the background of engineering and business mostly by first hand experience in the team. You will learn how to design and build a robot, while at the same time, someone else could be learning the basics of how to manage a company.

FIRST is an initiative to advance awareness and participation in science and technology. FIRST is a committee of engineers and other professionals who develop and host several annual FIRST robotics competitions, including the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and FIRST Lego League (FLL). A FIRST team is, at its core, an after-school activity where students take part in FIRST's robotics competition. FRC is the largest and oldest of the FIRST competitions. Team 75 is one of thousands of FRC teams. FTC is a competition intended for schools with too little funding to take place in FRC competition. FLL is a competition designed for younger students, from age 9 to 14.

There are a number of great reasons for students to take part in an FIRST robotics team. FIRST teams have similar involvement and competitive spirit to traditional high school athletics. Like these teams, however, FIRST places special emphasis on cooperation, professionalism, and education.

Unlike other after-school activities, FIRST offers students tremendous opportunities allowing them to work with professionals in business and engineering. By teaching students the basics of engineering and business, and by giving them firsthand experience, FIRST gives students an incredible advantage later in life. And it goes without saying that current FIRST members and alumni would agree that FIRST robotics is a fun, exciting, and overall life-changing experience.