Scholarship recipient Anthony Ogg reflects, “I have been involved with FIRST Robotics for 11 to 12 years. I’ve been competing as a member of the FIRST Lego League (FLL) and the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for nine years and have also spent the past three years as an FRC team mentor. The experience that can be gained from participating in FIRST is unlike anything I've ever been a part of — you get to work with professional engineers to design, build and compete a real robot! Not only do you get to learn the engineering aspects, but there's also programming, design, website design, animation, business plans, teamwork and so much more at play.
“My participation in FIRST led me to my chosen career path of mechanical engineering and has prepared me for the rigorous CEAS curriculum as well as for the challenges I face during my co-op rotations at GE Aviation. I believe that the FIRST Robotics Scholarship will really help to grow the knowledge of robotics at UC, and to be receiving one of the first scholarships is such an honor. I'm at a loss for words.”
This year, FRC reached nearly 60,000 students participating in 2,600 teams. FRC teams come from every state in the United States as well as from Australia, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom. FRC is an international program that is continuously growing. FRC teams participate in 58 regional competitions, 11 Michigan district events, the Michigan State Championship, six Mid-Atlantic Robotics (MAR) district events, and the MAR Region Championship. Four hundred deserving teams qualify to go to the FIRST Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.