FIRST Robotics Competition

Team 867

Absolute Value

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

The positive impact on FIRST Robotics Competition participants is gratifying and well documented.

Over 88% have more interest in doing well in school and 92% are more interested in attending college. View the impact resources. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Impact Infographic (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

FIRST Robotics Competition teams get to:

  • Learn from professional engineers
  • Master STEM skills
  • Learn and use sophisticated software, hardware, and power tools
  • Build and compete with a robot of their own design
  • Improve teamwork, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Understand and practice Gracious Professionalism™
  • Earn a place at the FIRST Championship
  • Qualify for millions of dollars in college scholarships
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On January 18, 2018, the Engineering Design and Development students presented their progress on the 2018 FRC robot at the Preliminary Design Review Broad made up of professional engineers and educators. To see a copy of their presentation click on this link.

Presentation to the Board .pdf

Congratulations to Isabella (Bella) Heinrichs for winning the FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award at this year's Los Angeles FRC Regional.

The Dean's List Award began in 2010 to celebrate outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of the FIRST most outstanding FRC students, the Kamen family sponsors this award for the selected top students.