We are team 4189 of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) program. Our team is comprised of high-school students from multiple schools who have a passion for challenges and technology. We are based in Jefferson, GA.
Each year the team is presented with a new challenge/game from FIRST Robotics. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition gives students a framework within which they gain knowledge of very high-level skills in engineering, computer programming, and electronic marketing, all within an intensely focused race to design, manufacture, test, compete, and promote their uniquely designed robot.
The competition calls for teams worldwide to create a machine to participate in a competitive game against one another; from launching balls, to picking up boxes, to climbing ropes. These robots are not toys, they are five-foot tall, 120 pound electrically powered machines, demanding industrial strength, design, and software development. From just a single season of this program, students learn how to create, design, and build a new product from the ground up, with a stunning increase in maturity and with very satisfying new awareness of their creative capability.
This program allows students to excel at things they would have never been able to do before. The skill sets learned in this program are valuable for the rest of their lives. Students experience things like running a business and facing many of the same challenges that modern engineers face. The best part is that everything is hands-on, some can always be doing something! This program is an experience of a lifetime and the students here will surely use the skills they acquire in a career one day.