1. Penn State Extension Centre County 4-H was selected to start a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®) Team in 2012. We assembled a group of 20 interested high school students, gathered great mentors with science/technology backgrounds, and formed a team. Our first year, we placed 9th out of 49 teams, as the highest seeded rookie. In the 2013 competition the following year, we placed 5th overall. Although we did not place as well at this year's competition, we learned a lot, participated in numerous public events, and started 3 FLL teams. This year's season has ended, but we will continue to meet during the offseason and engage in the Centre County community.


    FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization that promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through various robotics competitions.

    There are four levels of FIRST programs that cater to students from ages 6-18 with increasing levels of complexity. All FIRST teams honor FIRST’s values of Gracious Professionalism and Cooperation throughout their build, competition, and off seasons.

    FIRST not only encourages STEM skills but also business, leadership, public speaking, organization, creativity, good sportsmanship, and teamwork.


    "{The vision of FIRST is} To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."​

    Dean Kamen, Founder