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For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Program

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Program
Inspiring high school students about math, science and engineering

FIRST challenges teams of students and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. High school students design, construct and control a remotely operated vehicle for a sports-based series of competitions with objectives that change every year. Outstanding team performance and/or outstanding robot performance are the competitive factors. Over 180students have participated in the FIRST program at Southwood High School. Competitions are usually held each year in Dallas, Houston and/or New Orleans.

The LEGO FIRST Robotics Program is designed for elementary/middle school students ages 9 to 14. The students build a LEGO robot and compete in friendly, FIRST-style robotics events especially designed for their age group. Using LEGO bricks and other elements such as sensors, motors, and gears, teams gain hands-on experience in engineering and computer programming principles as they construct and program their unique robot inventions.

For more information, please contact Ms. Susan Tompkins, MST Coordinator for Caddo Parish Schools, sltompkins@caddo.k12.la.us, TEL: 318.364.5887, http://www.CaddoMST.com.