• FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” The program was founded with the ultimate goal of inspiring young people to be the science and technology leaders of the future.
  • FIRST accomplishes this goal by challenging students to create robots that compete in fun, game-like challenges. Past challenges include games similar to Frisbee golf, soccer, and basketball. With themes ranging from medieval to steampunk.
  • The FIRST Robotics’ program progression starts in kindergarten and continues through high school. Younger students use EV3 kits, while older students build robots from scratch.
  • I am on Eden Prairie High School’s Talon Robotics Team 2502. Five students started our robotics team in 2007. Since 2008 we have qualified for World Championship 6 times and now have more than 40 members.
  • This year’s game is called Destination: Deep Space. In Deep Space, we join our alliance partners collecting samples. Unpredictable terrain and weather patterns make remote robot operation essential. Matches are only 2 min and 30 seconds. The alliances must gather cargo hatches and cargo.
  • We mentor and supply financial support five Jr. FLL, eight FLL (FIRST Lego League) and seven FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) teams and hosted our own FTC tournament. We also have assisted the Eagle Ridge Academy, tERAbytes.
  • We demonstrate our robot annually at RoboFest, scout troop meetings, Vacation Bible schools, Eden Prairie 4th of July Celebration, Minnesota State Fair, and at many of our sponsors’ locations. We also hosted our fifth annual Car Show this past year.
  • Each summer we run summer camps through community education. Students get to participate in STEM challenges and build their own robot using an Arduino. We have added a programming class and plan to continue to expand the program.
  • In addition to corporate sponsors, we raise funds to help offset travel costs through a spaghetti dinner, Krispy Kreme donut sales, and concession sales at various school events and car shows.
  • This years robot was designed to place cargo and hatches. During the end game our robot will climb to the third level of the HAB platform.
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