FIRST and Team 228 are about more than just robots. Although our team has been a relatively small one (with less than twenty students and seven mentors) for the past several years, our team has been likened to one big family. Most of our team members are good friends, and everyone loves coming to robotics.
One of the great things about Team 228 are our adult mentors, who come from a diverse background of professions including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, high school teacher (physics), machining and more. Without the invaluable experience provide by our team mentors, our team would not be able to exist.
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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.