One of the key components of FIRST is the collaboration between teams to share knowledge. Unlike traditional sports, in which one only cares about his or her own team, FIRST stresses gracious professionalism among teams. In order to help other FIRST teams, our students and mentors have written several articles and white papers to assist other teams. In addition to the white papers that were written by our team, we have included links to a few "must-read" white papers that encompass everything from people's experiences in FIRST to digital copies of newspaper articles that have featured our team. Finally, we have also included many older archived FIRST documents here as well.
Written by Arthur Dutra, a student of Team 228, this white paper explores how Vex can energize and revamp your FRC team, especially if your team lacks the money, resources, and/or storage space to build multiple practice robots or a large portion of the playing field.
Learn more about the impact that FIRST has on its students, alumni, parents, mentors, volunteers, engineers, and sponsors directly from its participants, including Andy Baker, John V-Neun, Dave Lavery, Rich Kressly and many more.
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Download the scouting flyer used by Team 228 at the 2005 Championship Event. During most of the event, we ranked among the top three teams in Archimedes Division, which was widely regarded as the a "powerhouse" division.
2.32 Mb 2005 Championship Scouting Flyer
Essentially a large Tic-Tac-Toe game, the 2005 game was the beginning of a brand new era for FIRST - the era of 3v3 alliances. This game was quite simple in concept: take tetrahedral-shaped playing field objects, known as tetras, and place them atop nine large tetrahedral shaped goals.
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425.74 Kb Section 4: The Game
849.99 Kb Section 5: The Robot
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166.74 Kb Section 7: At the Events
135.53 Kb Section 9: Awards
79.54 Kb 2005 Field Layout
14.05 Kb Team Elements Overview
71.69 Kb Center Goal Assembly
50.38 Kb Tetra Goal Assembly
37.34 Kb Tetra "Clover" Connector
151.75 Kb FIRST Vision and Theory
121 Kb FIRST Tri-Fold Brochure
Download our 2005 Team Informational Handout, which was distributed out to hundreds of people through our many community outreach and promote FIRST activities.
1.23 Mb 2005 Team Informational Handout
View and download our team button designs from the 2005 competition season. To date, 2005 represented our more diverse year of button designs, with over a dozen different buttons.
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FIRST was founded in 1989 by the renowned inventor Dean Kamen. The aim of FIRST is to inspire students to careers in math, science, and technology through a fun and engaging robotics competition, which provides students with the ability to meet one-on-one with industry leaders and engineers.
The initial FIRST Robotics Competition comprised of 28 teams competing in a New Hampshire high school gymnasium. The ensuing years brought rapid growth to the program, to include over 35,000 students, 2,000 teams from 11 countries, competing at over 50 District and Regional Events, culminating with the World Championship Event in St. Louis, Mo.