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FIRST Robotics Competition

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real world” engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

The FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2751 in SDPC is a partnership between all four high schools, the B J Skelton Career Center, local colleges such as Tri-County Technical College, state government, federal government, industry, and local businesses, as well as the South Carolina State Department of Education.

In the FIRST Robotics program, students work in many areas to hone their skills:
  • Resources - Students learn how to allocate time, money, materials, space, and people.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Students work in teams, teach others, serve customers, lead, negotiate, and work well with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Information - Students acquire and evaluate data, organize and maintain files, interpret, communicate, and use computers to process information.
  • Systems - Students understand social, organizational, and technological systems; they can monitor and correct performance; and they can design or improve systems.
  • Technology - Students select equipment and tools, apply technology to specific tasks, and maintain and troubleshoot equipment.
  • Basic Skills - Students utilize reading, writing, arithmetic and mathematics, speaking, and listening skills.
  • Thinking Skills - Students enhance their ability to learn, to reason, to think creatively, to make decisions, and to solve problems.
  • Personal Qualities - Students develop the sense of individual responsibility, self-esteem and self-management, sociability, and integrity.

The School District of Pickens County operates without discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability
in compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and all other applicable civil rights legislation.
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