Gracious Professionalism

Gracious Professionalism

Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor and co-founder of FRC, asks: “Why do FIRST folks talk so much about that phrase?” Obviously it would not make sense to endorse ‘asinine professionalism’ or ‘gracious incompetence’. It is, however, completely...
Keeping It Safe

Keeping It Safe

During the process of building a robot, we have the opportunity to use many types of new and old technologies, tools, and building techniques. Although many of the machines and tools we work with are easy or just downright fun to use, there is always an element of...
Careers and Scholarships

Careers and Scholarships

The program exists to attract both a larger, more diverse group of students into the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. (The acronym “STEM” is often used.) This begins with a suitable college education. A variety of corporations and...
Dean Kamen’s Homework

Dean Kamen’s Homework

Every year, First Robotics Founder (and famous inventor) Dean Kamen adds to the challenge by putting forth a special homework assignment. At the 2013 Inaugural Crossroads Regional in Terre Haute, Indiana, the team had the opportunity to listen to Dean Kamen address...