Students on 2,720 teams.
Six robots zig, zag, and zoom in a rectangular gridiron amidst blaring music and the cheers of a full stadium. To the casual bystander, it is sheer pandemonium. To the scientific and technology community, it is a showcase of their future stars. This is FIRST®.
Traditionally, students who excel in academics do so as individuals. The accolades they earn are owned, not shared. And their talents are rarely put on display in front of a crowd. Today, this is changing. At FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), students develop advanced skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) while competing as a team with fans cheering them on.
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.
— Dean Kamen, Founder, FIRST®
The FIRST® Robotics Competition combines the excitement of a sporting event with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of at least 25 students are challenged to raise funds, design a team name, hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get, with professional mentors volunteering their time and talents to guide each team.
Students on 2,720 teams.
Maximum weight of robots.
Total robots built.
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.
— Matt Grob, Executive Vice President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Chief Technology Officer
FIRST® Robotics Students
At Qualcomm, we believe in the power technology has on our world. That is why we provide financial support to FIRST® and other youth initiatives that support STEM. By supporting and even hiring young inventors, we continue to demonstrate a commitment to a culture of invention.