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. FIRST aims to develop an appreciation and interest for STEM among students while also supporting soft skills needed in the modern world. FIRST has several programs for 500,000+ students grade K-12 worldwide (Jr. FLL, FLL, FTC, FRC). Professional mentors from companies such as Bosch and Regal as well as college students that are alumni of the team partner with students to help teams succeed. For more information, visit FIRSTInspires.org
About Our Team
PiBotics is a high school robotics team comprised of Boone County and Ignite Institute students, which is where we meet each week. There are over 20 students on the team and we continue to add new members each year.
PiBotics 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 companies in the region.
With our recent growth, new 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.
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.
Like all things right now, this year is a little different. We are doing all virtual competitions at this time by submitting videos to FIRST and by doing online interviews.