FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the name of the program that has touched the lives of many individuals. This program gives middle school and high school students the opportunity to work alongside with mentoring teachers and engineers that have actual experience in all aspects of technical fields. FIRST was created to foster the student interaction with teachers, mentors, and engineers to help the students recognize the many career opportunities in fields involving science and technology. With the creation of the FIRST organization, individuals all over the world have been exposed to how interesting and important these subjects can be.
FIRST was founded in 1992 by a very avid inventor, Dean Kamen. Mr. Kamen is very passionate about all of his work. He believes that science and technology are the keys to solving many of the world’s countless problems. Kamen is a champion of the engineering profession, and has the desire to spread his infectious enthusiasm and passion for science and technology on to the youth of the world.
To help achieve this goal, Kamen created a robotics sporting event that would be exciting, fair, fun, and educational for students preparing to go into the fields of science and technology. Unlike most athletic sporting events where the rules and game remain the same year after year, the challenge of FIRST Robotics Competition changes annually. This gives the teams an equal opportunity to express different ideas, and to design a competitive machine regardless of past participation. Starting in January of every year, the game is announced to every team around the globe. From the time the game is announced, each team is given six weeks to design, manufacture, and test a robot they believe will successfully complete all of the competition’s objectives. Dean Kamen, Woodie Flowers, and the rest of the talented and creative minds at FIRST have continued to go out of their way every year to expand this program, which has enlightened and inspired an ever-increasing number of youth along the way. Since the creation of the program in 1992, FIRST has grown to include thousands of teams all over the world.
The Delphi E.L.I.T.E. FIRST Robotics program has truly had an amazing effect on the students of Warren G Harding judging from the countless hours that are spent on this project by team members. It is plain to see that a very strong bond has been created between the students, teachers, mentors, and engineers. The truth is, there is so much more to FIRST than the lessons that are learned in physics and mathematics. The Delphi E.L.I.T.E. team has grown closer throughout the years to the point where we have become a family. The teachers , engineers, mentors, and even the parents that are involved with the program have all set high standards for the students because they see the potential in the minds of these young adults. They have given them the motivation and the drive to succeed. Over 90% of the Delphi E.L.I.T.E. family has gone on to pursue higher education, and the majority of them have gone into engineering fields. Team 48 has continued to embrace the ideals originally instituted by Dean Kamen so many years ago; we continue to enjoy the fun and excitement the FIRST Robotics Competition provides, and we are truly grateful of all of the hope, experience, opportunity, and success that this program has brought to us.