posted on Mar, 25 2016 @ 01:40 PM
Hey guys, not sure if you've heard about the F.I.R.S.T. program but it's great.
F.I.R.S.T. stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. It's a high school program where teams of students get a
challenge/game that they have six weeks to build a robot to compete in with teams from all over the world ! Each game consist of six different teams,
in teams of three, that compete to win, although that's not the main point. Each team has mentors from professionals in the engineering and
technology fields. This gives the students the ability to work with professionals to find out what the industry is like. There are also marketing
and other ways to participate.
In the competitions the teams compete for other awards as well, such as technology awards and safety. The most prestigious award is the Chairman's
Award, where teams are judged by community and team involvement. Things like getting the community to participate with the team as well as helping
other teams get started. Mostly it's judged on Gracious Professionalism, which is good teamwork and attitude, both on and off the field. Helping
other teams, even those you are competing against and just being a good person.
This is a wonderful program that I hope you all can check out. For those of you with kids who are interested in the technology field please check it
out. They also have programs for elementary and middle school. You yourself can volunteer to help a team or at a regional or at any point in the
Sorry for the long post but the Wisconsin Regional is going on now, and I, as well as three out of four brothers are involved in the program and it's
great. Those in Wisconsin check it out. It's at the U.W. Panthers arena in Milwaukee and is free for the public.
If you want to check it out here's the website: www.usfirst.org
There's also plenty of youtube videos and you can even watch the Wisconsin Regional in real time at www.atthecontrols.com
Again please check it out and I know I kind of rambled so if you have questions I'll do my best to answer
Have a great day