The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of high school sports with science and technology challenges. It is often called “the hardest fun ever.”
This high-tech sporting event challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from these parts and enter them in a series of events throughout the world.
This competition redefines winning for these students. Teams are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, and gracious professionalism. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last.
The FIRST Robotics Competition is an ambitious undertaking that relies upon the support of the St. Louis community for its success. FIRST in St. Louis is supported by a strong network of local corporations, educational and professional institutions, and individuals. Since 2002, the Saint Louis Science Center has been the major sponsor and educational partner for the FIRST Robotics Competition in St. Louis. This event provides an important avenue through which the Saint Louis Science Center can achieve its mission of “igniting and sustaining lifelong science and technology learning.”