The FIRST® Robotics Competition launched its 2017 season with a global Kickoff watched by more than 83,400 high-school students via livestream. The FIRST® STEAMWORKS℠ game is the first to include human players on the field interacting with robots.
A celebration and charity event held last fall in NYC honored Irwin M. Jacobs, Joan K. Jacobs, Paul E. Jacobs, Geneviève Jacobs, David Siegel, and Dana Matsushita, and raised over $1.4 million to further expand accessibility to FIRST programs.
Rockwell Automation announced a $12million, four-year commitment to FIRST to address the critical need to inspire and train for industrial careers. The company is recognized as a FIRST Strategic Partner and a FIRST Robotics Competition Crown Supplier.
FIRST has revealed that the Winning Alliances from the FIRST Championship in St. Louis and Houston will get the chance to meet and compete. The FIRST Festival of Champions will take place where it all began, in New Hampshire (July 28-29, 2017).