BOM – Bill of Materials
CHP – Championship
FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
FLL – FIRST Lego League
FLL Jr. – FIRST Lego League Jr.
FTC – FIRST Tech Challenge
FRC – FIRST Robotics Competition
R1 – Prototype Robot
R2 – Competition (Final) Robot
STIMS – Student Team Information Member System
TBA – The Blue Alliance
TIMS – Team Information Management System
VIMS – Volunteer Information & Matching System
WFA – Woodie Flowers Award
FASFA – Federal Student Aid
FAFSA is a student financial provider under the U.S. Department of Education. This division allows students to receive grants and loans for a higher education by informing, managing and offering free assistance for students.
The FIRST Scholarship is an official scholarship of the recognition of knowledge, technical and life skills offered to students who participated on FIRST teams.
Fast Web is a financial aid website that gives information to students on paying and preparing for school. This website also offers information on student life, jobs and internships.
Real World Placements:
University: Purdue, IUPUI, Ivy Tech, Indiana University, MIT, WPI, Rose-Hulman etc.
- Many job opportunities come with a higher education. Skills learned in a FIRST team help with receiving that higher education by allowing students to implement leadership skills, experience hands-on work, build a professional mentality and develop technological and mechanical skills.
Companies: Rolls-Royce, Allison Transmission, NASA, Roche, Frito Lay, FIRST, Show Ready Events, AndyMark, Boeing, Innovation First, and other technical companies.
- With a higher education comes numerous job opportunities. Many companies like the ones listed above look for students who have experience in hands-on work, leadership skills and a technological background. The skills looked for by these major companies are also the skills developed and encouraged in FIRST teams.
Chief Delphi is a resource page by students and mentors of robotics teams. It is not endorsed by FIRST but has a lot of good information on it. You can search the site and look at posts by clicking here. Although, you can only post on the site by creating an account.
On Chief Delphi, you can look at the forums and read about different topics about robotics from programming to new parts. It is a good site to use to learn about different topics in FIRST.
You can find papers written by Cyber Blue 234 by clicking here or by using the search function on Chief Delphi. Type in “@Chris_Fultz #cd-media-papers” in the search box and search.
The Blue Alliance is a site that compiles team information, event schedules, and match-by-match score breakdowns. This website is extremely powerful and allows you to easily see event rankings, schedules, and other statistics about various teams.
You can visit The Blue Alliance by clicking here.
Cyber Blue has written numerous technical and business papers over time, and you can view these documents by clicking here.
The documents can help your team design a better robot and design a more effective business plan.
Team 27 – Team RUSH
A set of resources compiled by a veteran team.
Team 234 – Cyber Blue
Creator of clickFRC.
Team 365 – MOE University
A set of courses hosted by MOE mentors to educate members.
Team 1114 – Simbotics
A great tool for information on several different robotics topics.