FIRST is more than robots. The robot is a vehicle for learning about science and technology, and also a process for learning about self and society. It's STEM augmented with creative thinking, critical thinking, and leadership.
Under strict rules, with limited time and resources, FIRST® Robotics Competition teams use sophisticated technology to build and program industrial-sized robots to play a themed field game in an action-packed alliance format. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Each team develops a brand, raises funds to meet its goals, and works to promote STEM in the local community. - FIRST