In 1989, inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen founded FIRST® to inspire young people to participate in the fields of science and technology. Exciting mentor-based programs helped them build STEM skills and develop valuable life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, and leadership—creating the next generation of inventors.

At the center of a stadium and in front of thousands, the products of hundreds of hours of teamwork battle it out. The 2014 game, AERIAL ASSISTSM, was played by two Alliances (each composed of three teams) that competed to score as many goals as possible during a two-and-a-half-minute match. Additional points were earned when robots threw or caught balls over a truss suspended about five feet above the floor. To offer another incentive for teamwork, large bonuses were given when a ball was in possession by more than one robot while moving down the field. Watch highlights of the teams' robots in action in this video from the 2014 Championship event.

At the center of a stadium and in front of thousands, the products of hundreds of hours of teamwork battle it out. The 2014 game, AERIAL ASSISTSM, was played by two Alliances (each composed of three teams) that competed to score as many goals as possible during a two-and-a-half-minute match. Additional points were earned when robots threw or caught balls over a truss suspended about five feet above the floor. To offer another incentive for teamwork, large bonuses were given when a ball was held in possession by more than one robot while moving down the field.

Students on 2,720 teams.

Maximum weight of robots.

Total robots built.

Building character.

The importance of teamwork at FIRST® can be summarized in two terms: Coopertition® and Gracious Professionalism®. Coopertition promotes the idea of both cooperation and competition as a means of accelerating progress toward a common goal. Gracious Professionalism encourages learning from each other, as well as teaching each other. Together, the concepts not only help students excel in the competition but also prepare for their future career.

“Qualcomm is proud to recognize these amazing students—they are our future—and they will help create the next big mobile inventions and opportunities.”

— Matt Grob, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Chief Technology Officer

FIRST® Robotics Students

May 14, 2018

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