The local club is part of a nationally recognized robotics league called FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST).
FIRST provides a network of schools with robotics clubs for technical support and competition. Mentored by Mr. Luke Suhr, Head of CCA’s Mathematics Department, the club is off to a solid start.
While competition is part of the system, schools encourage rivals and share technical and logistical expertise. Unlike reality tv shows where robots fight it out, the FIRST league’s competitions are about robots solving problems and accomplishing missions. Think about the challenges robotics experts face when their robots explore Mars and you’ve got the idea.
The goal is for every school and its team to learn to be the best robot builders and programmers they can be. While victory in the robotics arena is fun, competition is both friendly and cooperative.