I was on a FIRST Team for 5 years (8th-12th grade), and I can honestly say it changed my life for the better. My mentors pushed me to be courageous, intuitive, and passionate, and my teammates reminded me everyday of why I stayed. With my skills that I developed using FIRST (self esteem, public speaking, social skills, engineering skills, work ethic) I ended getting into Princeton, the school of my dreams, and I couldn't be happier!
FIRST is an amazing orginization that helped me get my start in IT. Without FIRST I would not be anywhere close to where I am in my my career today.
FIRST Robotics builds better humans. Their relentless pursuit to educate, cultivate, and in inspire young people to not only build robots but, solve problems, collaborate and chase excellence while embodying professional graciousness and respect is spurring society upward. My children participate in FIRST on a team housed in Kettering University's FIRST Robotics community center in Flint Michigan (FRC #5774). The cross pollination of ideas in the center (typical of Makerspaces and the University ecosystem) coupled with the diversity experienced on our Flint based team have shaped my children's worldview, expanded their skill set, and prepared them for a lifetime of STEM based pursuits. I encourage anyone to explore FIRST offerings and look for ways to get involved in this truly unique and life-changing organization. -Sarah Hodsdon
I can truly say that FIRST has had a humongous impact on my life. I'm going into my junior year of high school and 4th year on a FTC team but has been around FTC competitions and volunteering for the past 6 years. Through FIRST, I have learned so many skills. Many of which have nothing to do with the technical aspects of the program. Through FIRST, I have had the most amazing experiences and met the most amazing people. There's nowhere else than a FIRST event that everyone is accepted. The nerdier you are, the cooler you are. The relationships and experiences you have through FIRST will stay with you for a lifetime. And aside from meeting new people at competitions and events, you meet new people on your team. I didn't even know the name of some of the people on my team before joining robotics and now they're my family. My team is all my closest friends. There's nobody else that I'd rather share all the cool experiences of FIRST with.
This program is changing the culture of our world for the better. Pairing students with professional mentors to work side by side to achieve a goal with too little resources and time is astonishing.
Many people think that FIRST is just about engineering and robots but as someone who went into digital marketing I can tell you that what FIRST is: FIRST is an opportunity to be inspired. It is the platform that is provided that can launch your life by not just teaching the technical skill, but the soft skills required to be prosperous. Coming into FIRST when I was in high school I was deathly afraid of public speaking. Now I embrace it though hosting events, my own podcast, and articulating myself to be the influential person in the room.
I now give back as a mentor in my own FIRST program to hopefully inspire the next generation as I was before. Thank you FIRST.
FIRST is amazing! I'm in FRC, and have learned so much (both technical knowledge and general life skills) from the hands-on experience it provides.
FIRST is all around great! Their progression of programs FLL Jr. > FRC and everything in between is a great learning mechanism.
As a current member of the FIRST group, I can say that I am 100% proud to be a current 2nd year participant. Going through the FIRST Stronghold gave me a huge boost in my understanding of engineering, a greater sense of teamwork, and gave me a chance to make more friends and meet new people. It is very exciting to go to each competition and see how well the project you worked on does.
Amazing activities and programs, Completely changed my life as a FIRST LEGO League alum and a FIRST Robotics Competition team member.
I've constantly been amazed with the amount of fun I've had and the amount of education and experience I've gained through this program.
First is amazing best experience of my life. FLL, FTC, and FRC. It is awesome everyone should do first.
When I first joined the robotics team when I was a freshman, I didn't know what I was getting into. Over the years of growing up with FIRST Robotics, I learned how to design, how to write, and how to communicate. FIRST robotics touches every person who participates and it teaches them to lead the future. Much of the recent progress happening in today's society can be traced back, in some way, to FIRST.
I've been in FIRST for six seasons now, entering my seventh (third FTC). FIRST has greatly influenced and improved my life, by teaching me a slew of skills, from engineering processes to coding to business aspects. As well, I have met a lot of great friends through it. FIRST is awesome!
Im a highschool student in ftc that has only been a part of FIRST for two years but ever since I started I have loved it. It has taught me more about electrical systems 3d modeling, and mechanical designs along with the importance of gracious professionalism and teamwork. FIRST has given me the opprotunity to explore the world of engineering in a way i had never thought of before
Last year we started a FIRST Robotics Team with 7 high school students who just wanted to explore the field of competitive robotics. We had NO idea what we were getting into! After having been through the process of setting up a team, identifying mentors with experience in CAD design, Programming, Electrical Wiring and Mechanical Building, and taking those students through a six week build cycle to complete their first Regional Competition, I can say this is THE best engineering experience hands down. Over the course of the year we recruited 7 more students, raised money to fund our robotic team and got to work closely with industry professionals. Our team members learned what it's like to solve a real engineering problem with real time constraints and real resource limitations. No one is going to do it for you. Your team and the team dynamics are what you make of it. Your fundraising and team marketing is what you make of it. Your robot and your technical skills are as effective as the planning and training and effort that you put into it. It is a great model for the real working world. If you as a student want to be an engineer, this is the opportunity of a lifetime to gets hands-on experience working in a team environment on an engineering challenge that's too big for you to solve.
As a university admissions official, I have been working with FIRST to provide scholarship opportunities to high school seniors involved in FIRST for the past four years. I am continually impressed by the caliber of the students involved in FIRST, as well as the ways in which FIRST encourages students of all grade levels to enjoy the creativity, teamwork and problem solving involved in meeting each year's robotics challenge. The relationships that students build with their mentors, and the team spirit that FIRST fosters through it's emphasis on gracious professionalism are quite remarkable! These students are generally highly motivated and well prepared for the challenges that wait for them in their university studies, as well as their life after FIRST. The fact that so many student participants become mentors as adults is a testament to the success of the program.
I started as a high school student in FIRST learning from Engineering mentors about concepts that were not touched in school. The experience helped me shape my motivations for an engineering degree and specifically a focus on Robotics. Now I spend my free time mentoring and teaching high school students in FIRST. The passion and dedication of volunteers in the organization keeps my excitement high every year I've been involved.
Hi, my name is Catherine Roney, i'm from Michigan, and I am a freshman at the University of South Carolina. I'm new to the University and so excited to get started with a whole new chapter of my life. The reason I am writing this review though is not about me, it is about FIRST. I'm sure there is much information available from multiple sources about this organization, and I encourage you to look at some of their accomplishments, they are highly impressive. The reason for my review though is to let you know about the FIRST program, which I have tried to portray through my own personal experiences, and hopefully persuade you to choose FIRST as one of the top ten science and tech nonprofits. Alright, here goes. I was a previous FIRSTer. In case you don't know what that means, I was part of a robotics team my senior year of high school that competed in the FIRST competition. FIRST stands For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, it's a mouthful, isn't it? I don't know if you have ever been to a FIRST competition before, and if you have been, I hope you know what I mean when I say it is an experience you'll never forget. I have to say, the energy present at any FIRST competition is invigorating. Those who go, get excited, and they might not even know what they are excited about in some cases. They will see teams work together to do their best in each match, and all the while have fun. Yet, even though the energy level is fun and upbeat, there is still an air of comfort present. What do I mean by this? Well, I have personally experienced and witnessed changes in people when they get involved with FIRST. FIRST is not only a place for people to learn about science and technology and how to build robots, it is a place to learn about oneself. People who normally would be reserved and keep to themselves, open up, make friends, and figure out what they want to do in life. This may all sound cliche but I could not be more sincere and honest with my words. The atmosphere surrounding all that FIRST is involved in is a fantastic learning environment not only for engineer majors, but multiple other majors as well. In fact, I was in charge of all other aspects needed to be done for FIRST to be a team when I was involved with FIRST. Submissions for FIRST awards require literacy and eloquence in writing, getting to know the community and the community to know the team is essential for a team's survival, and even business plans are made. Thus, anyone could join and benefit from being a part of FIRST. There is so much more to FIRST and how influential and important it is to those involved. I do hope you will take what I have said into consideration when deciding upon the top ten science and tech nonprofits. I wish you all the best and thank you so much for your time.