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FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) has been referred to as the super bowl of the mind. Over 2,500 teams compete worldwide in an annual challenge where each team must each build a remote controlled robot out of a standard kit of parts.
FIRST is an acronym of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The FIRST Robotics Competition is a great example of education through inspiration, teamwork and self-discipline. We are devoted to the idea of gracious professionalism, and preparing our participants for a productive and creative life. We also have an extensive scholarship program which enables many hard-working FRC participants to attend the best college of their choosing.
FRC relies on a working collaboration of high school students with professional and academic mentors in their communities. The goal is to model a business-like environment to create a product, the robot, which is designed and built to perform the tasks associated with this year’s competition in only six weeks.
In addition to using their math, science and engineering skills, this experience teaches students to be creative, to work as a team, use critical thinking and problem solving, manage projects, market themselves and their robot, trouble shoot issues, and manage their time in a real-world type setting. Many of these lessons will be utilized by the students as they continue their education, as well as later when they enter the workforce – hopefully in a South Florida company.
In 2012, we created a new regional competition in South Florida, and now we are going into our second year.
The 2013 FRC South Florida regional will take place on March 28-30 at Fort Lauderdale Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is expecting between 45 to 50 teams. In general each team consists of 30 students (plus parents, teachers and mentors), so we expect to have at least 1,500 people attending each day during the three days that the competition lasts, plus the event is open and free to the public.