As a testament to this commitment, the University of Cincinnati’s Office of the President and CEAS recently partnered to increase support for robotics education. This fall, they have awarded two FIRST® Robotics Scholarships of $2,500 each to mechanical engineering students Adam and Anthony Ogg, both of whom presented alongside Humpert on Tuesday. The initial scholarships awarded to the Ogg brothers are particularly significant given their many years as FIRST® Robotics Competition participants and the fact that they will serve as FIRST® Robotics ambassadors for UC students over the current academic year.
Beginning next fall (2014), the UC President’s Office and CEAS are making 25 one-time $2,000 FIRST® Robotics Scholarships available to entering freshmen who participated in FIRST® Robotics.
Adam Ogg, Anthony Ogg and Austin LoPiccolo presented to President Ono and the UC Board of Trustees about FIRST® Robotics and the importance of UC’s involvement with the organization.
FIRST® (an acronym “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”) Robotics was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, N.H., the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) is an exciting program that organizes teams, sponsors, colleges and technical professionals with high school students to develop their solutions to a prescribed engineering challenge in a competitive game environment. The competitions combine the practical application of science and technology with the intensity, energy and excitement of a championship sporting event. The program is great fun and results in life-changing, career-molding experiences for its participants.
Globally, about 350,000 students competed in the 2013 season of FRC with around 71,250 of those participants being high school students on the verge of entering college. There are 60 registered FRC teams in Ohio, which is about 1,500 students total and 400 of them are based here in the Cincinnati area.