FIRST is a Robotics program that provides students with authentic engineering experiences. It also teaches students teamwork, problem-solving, and gives them the ability to make their ideas come to life. While building a robot is the main goal, there are also media and business teams that teach students how to approach businesses for fundraising, plan and organize events, and design t-shirts, buttons posters, and websites. In January, a video that describes the competition and all the tasks that the robot has to do is released. From that point, the students have six weeks to design, prototype, build and program a successful robot. We then go to the competition and compete against teams from all over the region.
VEX Robotics is a unique and creative opportunity for those interested in engineering. Students form a team of up to six members and build a robot to compete against others around the state. Building, programming, and documentation are all part of the process. This gives everyone on the team an opportunity to be involved with the creation of the robot. Multiple competitions take place during the year, and each one is a chance to redesign and improve the robot. Competitions are full day events where students meet other teams and exchange ideas. VEX culminates in a final state level tournament, and if you qualify, you will face off against the best teams with hopes of going to an international level competition that takes place in Kentucky.