The Irvington Robotics team participates in the international FIRST Robotics Competition, a highly competitive contest where teams construct large robots that can accomplish a variety of tasks. FIRST, the organization that makes this competition, has been the global leader in STEM education for decades. Founded by Dean Kamen in 1989, this organization has grown to include four different robotics competitions for different age groups and intensity levels (FIRST Lego League Junior, FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition). FIRST also provides educational opportunities, grant money, and other resources to support STEM education in many different ways.
In addition to encouraging STEM education, FIRST also goes to great lengths to ensure that it teaches students life skills, how to work as a team, and generally how to be a good person in a competitive environment. This is exemplified through the main tenets of the “FIRST Philosophy” - Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® (Learn more about the FIRST Philosophy and Mission here). Both of these help to teach FIRST competitors that, even in the heat of competition, working with others in a respectful way is still of utmost importance. Irvington Robotics has strived to adopt these ideas as well, collaborating both within our team and with other teams at our competitions and always being respectful of others.
Irvington Robotics is proud to be a part of such an important global organization that does so much good in its attempts to further STEM education worldwide. The statistics the organization provides on its website (here) are extremely impressive, showing that organization has reached over 570,000 students in over 100 countries, doing a total of over 20 million volunteer hours. We hope that our actions as one of the 3,802 current FRC teams will help to grow the organization even more, expanding the reach of its important mission to make quality STEM education accessible to all.
Information about this year’s FRC competition Infinite Recharge, which was developed with Disney and Lucasfilms, is detailed below: