One of the key components of FIRST is the collaboration between teams to share knowledge. Unlike traditional sports, in which one only cares about his or her own team, FIRST stresses gracious professionalism among teams. In order to help other FIRST teams, our students and mentors have written several articles and white papers to assist other teams. In addition to the white papers that were written by our team, we have included links to a few "must-read" white papers that encompass everything from people's experiences in FIRST to digital copies of newspaper articles that have featured our team. Finally, we have also included many older archived FIRST documents here as well.
Learn more about the achievements of Team 228 through our first four years - 1999 through 2002. Learn more about how we helped start FRC Team 905 in 2002, or how we became the finalists of the UTC New England Regional in 2000.
An action packed game of amazing robots and game-plays, Zone Zeal represented another exciting game from FIRST's long history. With a multitude of objectives and some amazing robots, this is a favorite game of many.
Download our 2002 Pep Club banner, which was also used as part of our submission for the 2002 Chairman's Award at the UTC New England Regional. This banner documents many of the things our team accomplished in our first four years as a team.
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FIRST was founded in 1989 by the renowned inventor Dean Kamen. The aim of FIRST is to inspire students to careers in math, science, and technology through a fun and engaging robotics competition, which provides students with the ability to meet one-on-one with industry leaders and engineers.
The initial FIRST Robotics Competition comprised of 28 teams competing in a New Hampshire high school gymnasium. The ensuing years brought rapid growth to the program, to include over 35,000 students, 2,000 teams from 11 countries, competing at over 50 District and Regional Events, culminating with the World Championship Event in St. Louis, Mo.