The mission of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is to engage kids from kindergarten through high school in exciting, mentor-based research and robotics programs that help them become science and technology leaders, as well as well-rounded contributors to society.
The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) has it all - sports, competition, science, futuristic technology... and of course, robots!
To prepare for a series of contests that lead up to the FIRST Championship, young students join together to form teams that design, build, and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game. The goals are skill, collaboration, agility, and intelligent design. Utilizing teamwork, planning, and inspiration, these kids band together to determine robot design strategy, raise funds, design a team brand, and then build a competition level 120 lb. robot - all in an intense six-week time period.
Down in the Trenches
Several Canon Solutions America employees across the country have been volunteering with FIRST for years, acting as coaches and professional mentors on their own time. This personal commitment supports the value of giving students opportunities outside of school promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers.
Values in Common
FIRST and the Canon culture have a lot in common. One of the core values of FIRST is Gracious Professionalism, a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. This is in direct alignment with Canon’s corporate philosophy of Kyosei, which means "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future."
Canon Solutions America became a "Leaders in Technology" sponsor of the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition in South Florida. Perhaps more important than just writing a check was the personal contribution of ten employees, who volunteered at the South Florida Regional. Prior to the event, the South Florida FIRST teams and Canon Solutions America volunteers teamed up to print manuals which were distributed to all the FIRST teams in that area.
FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. This not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills. Learn more at https://www.firstinspires.org