F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a partnership with local businesses and high school students to solve a complex problem.  Each team solves this problem by creating a robot that is used to compete against other high school teams from around the world.  This competition exposes them to mechanical, electrical, and software engineering, as well as, sales, marketing, and public speaking.

FIRST is not just robotics, it is about changing our culture.  It is about exposing students to the fact that it is more fun to create a video game than it is to play one.  The goal is to show kids that math, science, and technology careers can be fun, rewardable, and attainable.  The FIRST team at Hopkins High School is working toward this goal.

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"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."

~Dean Kamen, Founder



"Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership."


Dubbed a varsity Sport for the Mind,™ FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real world” engineering as a student can get. Professional Mentors volunteer their time and talents to guide each team.

High-school students get to:
- Work alongside professional engineers.
- Build and compete with a robot of their own design.
- Learn and use sophisticated hardware and software.
- Develop design, project management, programming, teamwork, and strategic thinking skills.
- Earn a place in the Championship.
- Qualify for over $14 million in college scholarships.

For more on  FIRST Robotics Competition  from US FIRST please click here

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