What are FIRST and FRC?
In 1989, Dean Kamen created FIRST (Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through competition. FIRST has since expanded to include FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech, and FIRST Global Challenge.
The initial team fee has yet to be determined but will likely be in the range of $400. This fee goes entirely to supporting the costs of the team. Much of our budget comes from sponsors but this is a commitment that families must be prepared to make. In the event we are invited to compete at the championships, an additional fee in the $400 to $500 range will be assessed to cover costs for travel to Detroit. Accommodations can be made for families that find the fees difficult to cover.
Who are the Daredevils?
We are a team of students that take on the task of building a robot for the annual FRC competition. This is a challenging endeavor, but the rewards are great. We have been competing in FRC since 2008. As a part of this team, you will learn and use real-life problem-solving skills in a variety of fields.
The Daredevils are much more than the yearly competition. We use our skills to promote STEM and STEM education to the wider community. We do this through community outreach at local events as well as hosting STEM camps for younger students.
You must enjoy a challenge, be enthusiastic, and have a positive attitude. We need members who are willing to work with others, commit time, deal with tight deadlines, and never give up. Students must have and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be qualified to participate. Since FIRST is an officially sanctioned Minnesota State High School League sport, students must sign and abide by the MSHSL student athlete contract.
Team members do not need prior experience with robotics or FIRST, but they do need skills they can use to help the team.