At St. Maximilian Kolbe C.H.S. in Aurora, FRC 4343 MAXTECH robotics participates annually in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. Our team is one of 6000+ teams worldwide that compete for a place in the FIRST Championship held in St. Louis Missouri by qualifying locally at district competitions.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) provides high school students with the opportunity to work alongside professional mentors on an engineering project to design, build, and program a robot, within a six-week build season. We then have a chance to compete against other teams.
After forming a team composed of highly energetic and ambitious students with a passion for science and technology, we dedicate countless hours into designing, building, and programming a robot capable of performing specific tasks required in each year’s game. In our second year, with the help of our generous sponsors, our team placed 3rd after qualification matches, with a record of 11 wins and only one loss. This put us in the position of regional finalists at the Greater Toronto East Regional Competition.
But FIRST isn’t just about building robots – it’s about developing life skills. Team members learn about building professional relationships, written and oral communication, teamwork, leadership, organization, project/time management, networking, budget planning, community service, and fundraising. The partnership between education, local industry, and the community benefits everyone participating in FIRST. Millions of dollars in educational scholarships are available every year to students who participate on a FIRST team. This program is life changing!
FIRST is a volunteer-driven organization. We could not have accomplished what we have without the direct support of community members. This includes engineers, trades(wo)men, teachers, alumni, parents, bankers, and tool & dye specialists. We welcome and appreciate new mentors of all skill sets and areas of expertise. Everyone has a place on FRC 4343 MAXTECH – come and shape our futures with us!
We encourage you to watch the following TED Talks video that goes through Robotics, FIRST and our team.