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FIRST www.usfirst.org  

FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST is a non-profit organization that has created a prestigious Robotics Competition for High School and Middle School Students. The founder of FIRST is inventor Dean Kamen. FIRST has an amazing impact on its students. From the FIRST Robotics Competiton Brandeis University Study, FIRST students are 88% more likely to attend college than others who have a similar academic backgrounds that did not include FIRST. FIRST emphasizes gracious professionalism. This is most apparent when opposing teams help each other.

This is FIRST! (FIRST Promotional Video)

The High School competition, FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), includes teams from across the nation and the world. The objective of the game changes every year. However, most robots are about a hundred pounds and five feet tall. Most successful robots are fully movable in every direction and have a full functioning robotic arm. In my opinion, FRC is an awesome and unique competition unlike any other. During the build season, it requires much effort, creativity, and problem solving, but the intensity increases as the deadline approaches. At competition, you get the to see your hard work in action. Your intensity increases yet even more. The stands are full of cheering robotic students, mentors, families and friends. The arena is filled with pumping music, narration, and the sight of everyone watching. When it is all over, win or loose, you are beyond happy. 

The Middle School competition, FIRST Lego League (FLL), is the FRC competition at the middle school level. FIRST partnered with Lego to have a robotics competition using the Lego Mindstorms. Lego Mindstorms are the more complicated and intricate of the Lego systems. Lego Mindstorms include gear systems, motors, sensors, and a robot controller sometimes known as the programmable Lego brick or simply the brick. Lego Mindstorms came in two main generations. The first, being the RCX and the most recent, the NXT. Some of notorious advances of the NXT system compared to the RCX system include servo motors, more variety of sensors, blue tooth compatible, and a more professional GUI (Graphical User Interface) programming environment. 

 Autodesk www.autodesk.com  

Autodesk is a proud sponsor and supporter of FIRST Robotics. Autodesk is a company most notorious for its digital prototyping solutions. Before one makes a final project, one can make a cheap version simply for testing major design aspects. This is known as prototyping. While prototyping is almost always necessary, it is not cost effective because it requires resources to create the prototype. Digital prototyping refers to the prototyping process within a computer environment. Ergo, digital prototyping is much more cost effective. Digital prototyping is also very useful for preliminary design and simulation. Autodesk products also include 3D computer animation software. 3D computer animation refers to the animation in the movies Toy Story or Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children.

Autodesk Showreel 2009

Autodesk contributes to FIRST by giving away one-year licenses of Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk 3D Studio Max to FIRST Robotic Students. Autodesk Inventor is a digital prototyping software and Autodesk 3D Studio Max is a 3D computer animation software. 

The Arizona Community Robotics Team - FIRST Team 1492 "Team CAUTION" www.teamcaution.org 

The Arizona Community Robotics Team, or Team CAUTION, has participated in the FIRST Robotics competition since 2004. Team CAUTION is unique because its members consist of many High Schools. Traditionally, one FIRST robotics team consists of the students from one High School. The reason why Team CAUTION is setup in this unusual way is twofold. One, it allows students to experience FIRST with a pre-existing team before creating a FIRST team at their own High School (assuming that their High School is yet to have one). Two, if one is unsuccessful at creating a FIRST robotics team at their High School, than they can still participate in FIRST with Team CAUTION. Team CAUTION is also a solution for home schooled students. Team CAUTION is housed in a Microchip facility thanks to Steve Sanghi, CEO of Microchip Technology, Inc. The head mentor of Team CAUTION is an exceptionally dedicated man to the cause of FIRST, Dave Paloian. Dave Paloian is a successful engineer at Freescale Semiconductor. Another notorious member of Team CAUTION is Arizona State University Researcher, Mike Rush. Mike Rush is a proud winner of the Woody Flowers award for his mentoring efforts. There are many other mentors and students that make Team CAUTION the great team that it is.

FIRST Robotics Team Caution 2008

I, Kristofer Arreguin, am proud to say that Team CAUTION was my FIRST Robotics team for the 2007 and 2008 FRC Seasons. Thank you mentor Dave Paloian and Team CAUTION.