FIRST Robotics: Crossroads Regional
When: Thursday, April 4th - Saturday, April 6th
Where: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) stages short games played by robots. The robots are designed and built in six weeks (from a common set of parts) by a team of high-school-aged young people and a handful of engineers-mentors. The students program and remotely control the robots in competition rounds on the field.
The goal of the FIRST Crossroads Regional is to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology which will help them succeed in life and will help society. Through robotics competitions the thrill and excitement of a sporting event is combined with science and technology. Winning a FIRST competition requires more than winning a traditional sports competition.
- Gracious ProfessionalismTM encourages doing high-quality, well-informed work in a manner that leaves everyone feeling valued.
- Teams don't win at another team's expense.
- Teams are dependent upon each other, so they help each other.
- Teams are judged not on the final score but on overall performance, including problem solving, innovation, teamwork, CoopertitionTM, community engagement, and fostering greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology.
The Competition is supported by a strong network of national corporations, educational institutions, and professional institutions.
- Three out of five of the Fortune 500 companies are involved in FIRST.
- Corporate Sponsors include 3M, BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Boston Scientific Corporation, Baxter International Inc., The Chrysler Foundation, DEKA R&D, Delphi, FedEx Corporation, General Motors, jcpenney, Johnson & Johnson, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, LEGO Group, Motorola, Inc., Motorola Foundation, National Instruments, PTC, Rockwell Automation, Rockwell Collins, Time Warner Cable, Vestas, and Xerox Corporation.
- Education and government sponsors include NASA and MIT.
FIRST provides an education and career path for young people with an interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math with many scholarship offerings. Students work closely with, and learn from, "stars" of the engineering world which creates powerful mentorship relationships. FIRST teams, competitions, and events are organized and operated by volunteers, including employees of corporate sponsors, teachers, parents, community leaders, FIRST alumni, and friends.