This is the website for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) team #172 NorthernForce Robotics, from Gorham and Falmouth High Schools, Maine.
FIRST Robotics Mission Statement:
“Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership”.
The Falmouth and Gorham high school robotics team allows students, mentors, and their family members to work toward a common goal of designing, building, marketing, and operating a competitive robot in a business-like environment while supporting the ideals of FIRST. Students work side-by-side with professional mentors and parents to design, build, and program a 120-pound robot in a six week build season, with additional clinics and post-season events occurring throughout the year.
FIRST sponsors an annual robotics competition that pairs up professionals from companies or universities with high schools to encourage students to pursue careers in science and engineering. FIRST began in 1992 with 28 teams and today has over 3,200 teams internationally. Click this link to learn more about FIRST.