Interested in engineering and have the desire for competition? Well, competitive robotics may suit you. With a number of programs that span a number of grade levels ( Grades 4 - 12 ), there’s surely a program that suits you.
FIRST Robotics is an organization where programs such as the FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition offer the opportunity to students to utilize the engineering process in order to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Each year, teams are given a new challenge to solve with a number of creative possible solutions unique to every team. Within the FIRST program, students strive to develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the values of hard work, innovation, and working as a team. ( Grades 7 - 12 )
VEX Robotics is not only a competitive robotics organization, but VEX is also highly educational for younger audiences. With a variety of programs such as Vex IQ and VEX V5, you are able to create a robot and to hone into critical computational thinking skills needed to succeed in both the 21st century’s workforce and in everyday life. ( Grades (4 - 8) - (9 - 12) )