If you have or will have kids in K12 school or you can influnce other parents then you need to know about FIRST Robotics. FIRST is a program with 4 levels of participation, 3 of which involve building and competing with robotics. Ever since discovering FIRST in 2006, the program has become one of the most important thing in my life. Sure I work, and love my work, and have a beautiful wife I love dearly and two girls in late high school and college. FIRST Robotics has made a difference in my kids life in unmeasureable ways. And even more importantly, it touches hundrend of thousand of kids around the world.
FIRST builds interest in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). But it also build character and imporant life skills in its participants. Leadership, confidence, dispute management, problem solving, team work and critical thinking are just a few of the competencies it builds in those that participate.
1086 Blue Cheese Robotics Team
My youngest is on a FIRST Robotics Competition team FRC at Deep Run High School. 1086 Blue Cheese has been around for about twelve years and has about 60 students on the team. They build a 120lb robot in a little more than six weeks and compete at one or two tournaments each year. 1086 promotes STEM around the world. They are involved at the federal and state level lobbying for STEM education and they help others get engaged in STEM and FIRST Robotics activities. They efforts make learning fun for many others. Many of their alumni go on to major in Engineering in college.
FIRST is Fun, FIRST is Cool, FIRST is our Life
1086 is Featured in this 2014 RVA MakerFest video
Mentoring a 2014 FIRST Lego League Team
1086 Team Members and Friends After Lobbying at the Va State Level
Various Shot of 1086 at the 2014 RVA MakerFest
Team 956 Building the Mission Pieces at the Start of the Season