Here at Rancocas Valley Robotics we strive to bring together our member's creativity with the discipline of engineering. Team 87 utilizes the opportunities given by FIRST to introduce our members to the world of STEM. Founded in 1997 by Wayne “Schmitty” Smith, a shop teacher at RV, and Ron Macintosh, a Technology Education teacher at RV, our team has design and fabricate robots for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for over 20 years! We believe that "FIRST is the varsity sport of the mind" and we encourage our team members to develop talent in STEM and have them become the new generation of innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Go Diablo!!
FIRST is an international, not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1989 in Manchester, NH. FIRST had goals to inspire younger people to become interested in STEM. The organization currently has four programs that support their goal.
The main mission of FIRST is to inspire interest in STEM. They also emphasize innovation, teamwork, leadership, communication, confidence, and pursuing education and opportunities. These skills help prepare young people for the job opportunities that have been rapidly increasing recently.