Robots Ready! March 6-8, 2014

Robotic challengers meet the "Aerial Assist" at
Crossroads FIRST® Robotics Competition

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Rose-Hulman is proud to again host the FIRST® Crossroads regional competition. Teams of students, grades 9-12, will descend on Rose-Hulman’s Hulbert Arena March 6-8 to meet the FIRST Robotics challenge at the 2014 Crossroads Regional

The competition is supported by a strong network of national corporations, educational institutions, and professional institutions, and this year 45 teams are registered for the game Aerial Assist℠.

The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) is the best union of sport and mind, introducing high school aged innovators to real-world robotics challenges. FRC teams comprised of high school students and a handful of engineer-mentors design and build the robots in six weeks from a common set of parts. Then the students program and remotely control the robots for the competition rounds on the field.

Students come away from FRC able to:

  • visualize and implement basic skills learned in science, math and engineering classrooms
  • achieve structured goals that could be translated to real business solutions
  • learn team cooperation and work with mentors to solve engineering design problems
  • test their skills in a fun, stimulating way

Our dedication to hands-on learning and STEM education makes Rose-Hulman the perfect environment for a campus full of young people excited about robot designs.


What is FIRST®?

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FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, N.H., the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity inspires 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 selfconfidence, communication, and leadership.


Inaugural Crossroads Regional
FIRST Robotics Competition

Here's what people said:

“Being a rookie Regional Director and having a group of people like all of you have made this event one to remember... you have set the bar high for rookie events... There will be a buzz around the FIRST community about the success of this event.”  – Steve Florence, FIRST Regional Director

On behalf of the judge team, they were impressed.   I want to personally say, it was one of the best regionals I have been a part of… simply awesome!”  – Ben Wrightsman, Advisor to Judges

The positive vibe in that arena was fantastic, and I can't thank you enough for giving my family a fantastic shared experience.” – Rose-Hulman faculty member

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Robotics at Rose-Hulman

At Rose-Hulman, sport/mind challenges like FIRST are part of the curriculum. Students have the chance to build, test and put sophisticated robots to the challenge in their first year of college. Learn more about the Robotics Multi-Disciplinary Minor.


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FIRST Robotics Regional FAQ

FRC is an annual competition for 14-18 year olds that helps young people discover the rewards and excitement of education and careers in science, engineering, and technology. 

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Challenges Await

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. With support, the not-for-profit organization is able to host robotics competitions for a variety of age groups.