What is FIRST Robotics?
FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by Dean Kamen in 1989 as a nonprofit organization. It has several programs for students grade K-12 (Jr. FLL, FLL, FTC, FRC), and our team competes in the highest level for high schoolers, FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). FIRST exemplifies not only STEM with the robot itself, but it also promotes valuable life lessons, such as gracious professionalism and teamwork. This program helps students to develop an appreciation for science and technology, and inspires them to pursue STEM related fields. Professional mentors from companies such as Bosch and Regal as well as college students that are alumni of the team partner with our students to help the team succeed. For more information, visit FIRSTInspires.org
About Our Team
PiBotics FRC 3814 is a high school robotics team with 5 different high schools in Boone County Schools District hosted at the Ignite Institute. There are over 40 students on the team and we continually grow every year.
PiBotics FRC 3814 has been together since 2011. Team 3814 started as the Ryle Raider Robotics team, but in 2013 we grew to a district-wide team open to high school students across Boone County Public Schools. We have competed in several regional competitions and made it to finals in multiple seasons. Our team has been fortunate to receive sponsorships from several area companies.
With our recent growth, new, bigger location and increased number of students participating, we are now offering credits for Robotics I, Robotics II and Robotics III as well as an option for students to earn a varsity letter. We have had some bumps in the road but we learn from our mistakes to make the next competitions and years better and better and then we can teach students stuff we have learned in the past.
About the season
Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense two month time limit, teams are challenged to build and program industrial-sized robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Team members also raise funds, design a team “brand,” and hone in teamwork skills.