For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and TechnologyorFIRSTis an international youth organization that inspires the young people of the contemporary world to grow into the scientific and technological leaders of the future.FIRSTdoes not simply just embody robots, but rather it is the apparatus that helps build the people who change the world.
Although STEM is established as the cornerstone ofFIRST’sdiverse community, participants achieve so much more than an understanding of mere coding, clockwork, lights, and metal. Through annual challenges showcased in mentor-based programs FRC, FTC, FLL, and FLL Jr. competitions, K-12 students are provided life-changing experiences in which they unearth their own passion for STEM and develop life skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, gracious professionalism and more.
The WarriorBorgs, part of Valley Christian Schools' Robotics Program, is the varsity team of our high school teams. Participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition, students, with guidance from mentors, work to design, build, and program robots in a six-week timespan. Team members are exposed to a real-life engineering environment in which they acquire a variety of new skills which may include programming, mechanical design, electrical skills, presentation-giving and the management of business, etc.
Recognizing the importance of giving back to the community, the WarriorBorgs achieve over 3,000 outreach hours every season.This investment allows the WarriorBorgs to directly impact, not only the team members, but people around the world, showcasing the value in pursuing an interest in STEM. We also help other FIRST teams develop and maintain productive organizations, sharing a variety of workshops, including information on team operations, safety protocols, and business structures.
It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!” Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages, including Java. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. Each season concludes with Super-Regional Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.
Team 2891 is the JV Robotics Team of Valley Christian. Also under the same name of 'The WarriorBorgs', the team strives to excel in all aspects of the FTC competition, while teaching essential skills to prepare students for the FRC season. Students design, manufacture, and program an 18x18x18" robot that competes in each year's competition. In addition to engineering, skills including presenting, networking, and marketing are learned as well. Members of the FTC team continue to develop and utilize their skills in the upcoming FRC season.
FIRST recognizes the importance of exposing young people to STEM at an early age, and accordingly established the international competition, FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL), for elementary and middle school students worldwide.
Fueled by imaginative thinking and teamwork, FIRST LEGO LEAGUE teams, consisting of up to 10 kids and their mentors, collaborate to solve real-life problems that still afflict the scientific and technological communities today. Kids will be able to immerse themselves in the world of STEM as they design, construct, as well as program a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot that can solve a series of “Robot Game” missions during competitions. Kids will also gain a dexterity in presentation-giving as they research and deliver innovative solutions to a problem based on the topic to the judges. In brief, FIRST LEGO LEAGUE fuses entertainment and CORE values, learning, and robots while opening one’s eyes to the variety of possibilities and opportunities that STEM may provide in life.