FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), founded by inventor Dean Kamen, is a 501(c)3 organization that designs innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Take a look at our video here:
The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders. And our ultimate goal is to substantially strengthen the school-to-career pipeline through which young people are inspired to explore opportunities in science and technology.
Our flagship program, the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), often referred as the Super Bowl of Smarts, is a high-energy program that teams high school students with professionals to solve a complex engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. During a six week period beginning in January, students design, build, and program their robot, and then participate in over 60 regional and district competitions throughout the United States and Canada.
The South Florida Regional is one of those competitions. Held on March 2nd – 4th, 2017 at the Palm Beach Convention Center, this event will attract over 2,500 participants and spectators.
FIRST has proven to be a life-changing, career molding experience – more than 88% of FRC alumni went on to college, and 70% reported an increased motivation to do well in school – and where kids just have a lot of fun.
The 2017 FRC South Florida regional will take place at the Palm Beach Convention Center in Palm Beach, Florida and is scheduled to have between 40 to 55 teams. In general each team consists of 30 students (plus parents, teachers and mentors), so we expect to have at least 2,500 people attending each day during the three days that the competition lasts, plus the event is open and free to the public.