Team 2503 is a part of the FIRST Robotics program. Since 2008, our Warrior Robotics team has been developed to inspire students 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 self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Our meetings take place after school in which our students learn many skills while working with a variety of mentors from industries in and around our community. The Robotics competition is set up in a 3 on 3 format in which teams never know who their partners will be for each round leading up to the championships. This means that if another robot goes down, your responsibility as a team is to do whatever you can to get them going again. Team members communicate with other allied teams to come up with ways to win their round. Wins and losses become important for the championship seating. Seeing students from other schools working together is an example of a positive skill being learned by FIRST teams and their student members. 


FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology," which gives a good idea of what they do. Their goal is to inspire students to become STEM leaders. FIRST's three main programs are: the FIRST Lego League (FLL), the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and, the one we are part of, the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). While most FIRST teams are based in the US, FIRST's programs are global, and many teams exist in many other countries around the world.


Every year, students, coaches, and mentors work together during a six-week period to build robots capable of competing in the game for that year. Robots complete tasks such as scoring balls into goals, placing inner tubes onto racks, hanging on bars, balancing on balance beams, and many more. The game, along with the required set of tasks, changes every year. This program has a unique culture that is built around two values: Gracious Professionalism embraces the competition inherent in the program while maintaining empathy and respect for all teams, and Coopertition which emphasizes that teams can cooperate and compete at the same time.