What is FIRST?
FIRST stands for “For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” which is a non profit organization that was founded by Dean Kamen in 1989. FIRST focuses on engaging students in activities where they can work with teachers and other students to learn and explore science, technology and engineering. FIRST also connects students with other students, offers huge scholarship opportunities and gives students real life engineering programming and electrical experiences. FIRST has many different types of competitions leagues so students of any age an participate. There is the FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League Jr, and FIRST Tech Challenge competitions.
What is FRC?
FIRST Robotics Competition (also known as FRC) is an annual international high school robotics competition that was founded by Dean Kamen and it's first official competition started in 1992. Each year, teams of high school students that are helped by coaches, and mentors work for a six-week period to build robots that complete task(s) for the current year's game. The robots could be scoring balls into goals, flying discs into goals, inner tubes onto racks, or hanging on bars. The game and it's task change each year so they are never the same however, they could overlap. FRC teams are given a kit of parts. Teams are also given a budget and are encouraged to buy or make specialized parts. As of 2017, there are FRC teams in 25 different countries.