FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured afterschool programs. Boosted by a global support system of volunteers, educators, and sponsors that include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, teams operate under a signature set of FIRST Core Values to conduct research, fundraise, design, build, and showcase their achievements during annual challenges.
An international not-for-profit organization founded by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST has a proven impact on STEM learning, interest, and skill-building well beyond high school. Alumni of FIRST programs gain access to exclusive scholarships, internships, and other opportunities that create connections and open pathways to a wide variety of careers.
FIRST is designed to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in programs to build STEM skills and foster self-confidence, communication, and leadership. FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is one of four subsections of FIRST and is the high school level of competition play. Each year a new game comes out that requires teams to build a new robot that can complete a new set of tasks. You can see the video for the 2022 game to the right.
Mission Statement: To grow future leaders for the advancement of FIRST and STEM within our community, state, nation, and world.
The Fighting Pi is a FIRST Robotics Competition team based in Armada Michigan. Created in 2006, the Fighting Pi has continued to grow and expand over the last 16 years.
The Fighting Pi’s mission is to grow future leaders for the advancement of FIRST and STEM in our community, state, nation, and world.
As a team, our goal is to spread the message of FIRST by educating all students in the fields of math, science, engineering, and technology, providing real life experiences and opportunities to further their knowledge and skills. We hope to bring students and mentors together to work towards common goals to promote citizenship and social development within the surrounding communities.
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