What FIRST means to our students:
The team participates in a competition held by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). FIRST was developed in 1989 to inspire more interest in the fields of science and technology.
FIRST Students Are:
- Eligible for over $25 million in Scholarships from over 150 providers. (A number that grows annually)
- Four times more likely to pursue a career in engineering.
- Nine times more likely to have an internship in their freshman year of college.
- Over two times more likely to volunteer in their community.
- Three times more likely to major in engineering.
In this competition, our team designs, programs, and builds a competition ready robot all in the span of six weeks.
The process of building and designing the robot is exciting, but not easy. The journey from the first kit of parts and the first blank sheet on the drawing board to the completed robot is long and stressful, yet its value and benefits reach far beyond robotics and competing. Through the program, students gain a priceless opportunity to experiment and explore their technological capabilities and gain exposure to several aspects of technology, including technical design, computer programming, and even business management.
In order to make this journey successful, the team needs support from the community on several different levels. One of the most effective ways to support the team is to sponsor us financially. By contributing monetary support, the team will be able to purchase necessary materials and tools to construct the robot. In return, we offer several benefits, including advertising space on the robot itself (see packet for more details about financial support). The team also needs mentors with training and experience, especially in the areas of mechanical design. Thirdly, sustaining in-kind support through product donations and discounts allow us to stretch our financial resources even farther. Any support offered will help enrich Steel Ridge Robotics and better ensure that students have opportunities and exposure to the areas of science and technology and prepare them to meet the growing demand for technologically adept individuals in today’s world.
Thank you for your time and interest in the Steel Ridge Robotics program. We look forward to hearing from you!
Steel Ridge Robotics – Head Coach
Ridgefield High School – Physical Sciences Teacher