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FIRST Robotics started in New Hampshire with twenty-eight teams competing in a gym. There are now over 70,000 students participating in FIRST competitions and in Minnesota there are more FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) teams than varsity hockey teams. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” and it aspires to create a world where science and technology are celebrated. FIRST provides opportunities for students to learn coding, leadership, marketing, teamwork, public speaking skills, and time-management. It is one of the only real-world engineering experiences that high school students can have, as they only have six weeks to build and program industrial sized robots. Through difficult problem solving, with the help of mentors, FIRST Robotics prepares the next generation’s future leaders in technology and engineering, ultimately setting up a foundation for advancement on incredible planes.

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