Frequently Asked Questions

What is FIRST?


FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a multinational non-profit organization, that aspires to transform culture, making science, math, engineering, and technology as cool for kids as sports are today. FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Human Transporter. FIRST operates the FIRST Robotics Competition in which teams of high school students, sponsored and assisted by local companies and volunteers, design, assemble, and test a robot capable of performing a specified task in competition with other teams. FIRST also runs the FIRST LEGO League, for children 9-14 years old, and FIRST Place, an innovative science and technology center, including a hands-on children’s science museum.

How does the class work?


ME297-001 is a leadership class members of PFP are required to take. It typically meets once a week, usually on a Tuesday night from 6-7. The purpose of the class is to serve as the organizations meetings, prepare mentors for traveling to the teams, and develop the skills of our members. It is two credit hours and requires little to no work outside of class. To learn more about the class please see the ME297 Course Page.

What are the different subteams I can join?


There are six different sub-teams to join. They are: Technical Robotics, Regional Planning, Junior Robotics, Industrial Relations, Public Relations, Information Technology.

I'm not a student but would like to get involved with FIRST. How can I?


There are many ways to get involved with FIRST and Purdue FIRST Programs. You can look to volunteer at many FIRST events, especially the Boilermaker Regional for the FIRST Robotics Competition in the spring. In addition, if you wish to become a sponsor we are always looking for sponsors for our teams, our events, or our program as a whole. If you wish to get involved in other ways please email our president.