FIRST’s mission statement: “Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
■ Design, build, and program robots
■ Get hands-on programming and rapid-prototyping experience
■ Apply real-world math and science concepts
■ Document the engineering process
■ Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills