About Our FIRST Robotics Team. The Hamilton West High School robotics team participates in local robotics events and the FIRST Robotics Competition. FRC is an international competition of high school students, mentors and coaches. The FIRST event takes place during a six week period, then continues on to regional and finally a world championship. Teams build functional robots that can weigh up to 128 pounds or 57 kilograms. The FIRST program began in 1989 and served more than 3,500 teams worldwide in 2019. FIRST's core values include: discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork, and fun. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST teams build functional robots
that compete using a high school sports model. Teachers are coaches and participants are nurtured and not judged as in the Science Fair pedagogy. FIRST Robotics goes beyond competition and encourages students to study STEM in college and graduate school, then pursue STEM related fields. Approximately 78% of all U.S. college undergraduate degrees awarded in 2018 were in a STEM related field (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math). Beyond a nurturing environment, FIRST Robotics programs encourage "gracious professionalism." Gracious professionalism is a term coined by Dr. Woodie Flowers (a founder of FIRST and formerly professor emeritus at MIT).
Gracious professionalism which focuses on high-quality work, value in helping others, respecting each individual and the community, and, acting with integrity and sensitivity. Our own Team Coach, Mr. P, has been awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award, assisting teams with parts and expertise, and promoting the core values of FIRST Robotics. We're looking for sponsors from business and industry to help fund our mission and help us reach our goals. This year we hope to enjoy success as we work as a team and learn about robotics, how to collaborate the be a high performing team. Interesting is being a sponsor? Send us a note through the contact form. Please help our club by making a donation today.