What Is FIRST All About?

Coopertition

is a valued concept in FIRST robotics. Cooperatition is helping others and being kind in every way even in fierce competition. Coopertition is a great way to practice Gracious Professionalism towards other FIRST teams, even if you are competing against them. In FIRST, you are encouraged to always assist and help others whenever and wherever you can.

Gracious Professionalism

is a major part of FIRST Robotics. Gracious Professionalism is a way of encouraging work, learning the values of others, and helping the community. It focuses the ability for on each team to compete while still respecting others and their ideas. Another main concept is working hard, while having fun and enjoying your time. Gracious Professionalism is more than encouraged it is expected of everyone involved.

        FIRST Robotics is an organization designed to help students all over the world who are interested science, technology, and engineering. Dean Kamen, an entrepreneur and inventor, is the proud creator of the FIRST Robotics program.  Kamen has claimed that the FIRST program is the invention he is most proud of. There are many FIRST Robotics Completions (FRC) held around the globe, where numerous teams compete in different games with the robots they built throughout the 6 weeks of build season. All participants will work together to come up 

with unique ideas and solve problems. The FIRST Robotics organization will assist in the technological advances in years to come. The organization was created to help students interested in engineering careers and so far has been reaching this objective.

        FIRST is an acronym that stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The organization focuses on the younger generation to encourage well-rounded future leaders. FIRST participates become equipped with the tools for success in the real world and that fosters well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Throughout this competition FIRST encourages gracious professionalism: The notion of gracious professionalism strengthens the value of individuals as well as the value of others. It is a way of doing things that inspires work and individuals of a high-caliber. With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. FIRST makes sure that they are advancing a future generation of leaders that thrive on knowledge, integrity, innovation, and ambition. These are all qualities that can be found in a FIRST team member.

       As a member of FIRST Robotics Team 4458 since it started in 2012, I have witnessed the relationships this team has fostered; there is a strong sense of camaraderie from being on a team and competing with a product of all your long hours and hard work. To be a successful team member you have to learn how to listen to the ideas of your teammates and take advantage of their unique strengths.  Of any club or sport in school FIRST teams build the most character. The backbone of this team is its members. They are the driving force behind FIRST’s initiative. Every year more and more students leave the completion with strengthened communication skills, increased conflict resolutions skills, improved problem solving abilities, and heightened time management skills. This competition is more than robots and more than winning. It is the true embodiment of progress in today’s youth.

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