RIT Hosts FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional

RIT Hosts FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional


[Music]>>This is the 14th year that RIT has hosted the FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional. Today it’s about your robots competing in
Power Up, but tomorrow it’s about using what you learned today for the rest of your lives.>>FIRST is really important because I’ve
seen what it does to the students that actually participate in the program. They learn what it’s like to actually be an
engineer, to work on a project, to complete something by a deadline. And when they’re done with this program, they
actually have real world skills that will help as they continue their careers in science
and technology, and their education at universities like RIT.>>Students who have been on a FIRST Robotics team
are five times more likely to pursue a career in engineering or science, than those students
who have not been. One of the real benefits of FIRST,
is that we expose kids, many times in the inner cities, who have never been exposed
to anything like this.>>It’s teamwork, leadership, a whole bunch
of soft skills. And while you do get some technical skills,
it’s more about being well rounded and growing as a person, than winning a competition.>>I’m mentoring a team called the Roc City
Robotix 3838. They’re a city-wide district team, so everybody
from any school can join the team. It’s important for me because I want to give
back. It’s really how I found my career path. To have FIRST put me on that career path
all the way through college, I want to make sure other students have that opportunity
as well.

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