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The FIRST Robotics Competition is for high school students aged 14 to 18. Students work with mentors (professionals and university students) to design and build large metal robots that compete in alliances.

With a lot of fun and hard work, high school students receive an authentic engineering experience that includes some physics modelling, mechanical design, CAD, industrial safety, metalwork, electronics, computer programming, web site design and marketing.

Detailed information about FIRST and their robotics competitions is available at FIRST Australia and US FIRST. The websites explain the organisation's Vision and their Values of Coopertition and Gracious Professionalism. ('Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can.' 'Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process.')

For younger students, there is FIRST Lego League.