About the Cortechs Team
Cortechs Robotics exemplifies a year-round, student-led FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team that enhances educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) utilizing the efficiency of business methodologies in a fluid culture of learning and gracious sportsmanship.
We foster the ideal learning experience by striking the balance between business-like organization and open collaboration that will excite and activate. Business structure is needed for efficiency. Titles and hierarchy streamline the decision making process, providing accountability for students. As per the FIRST mission, not only do we foster interest in the engineering field but also instill life values in students. Creating a business-like organization provides students with unique experiences that will be applicable throughout life. Skills such as communication, professionalism, and responsibility are promoted and valued.
We also see it as our responsibility to bring STEM education to all walks of life. We have established a comprehensive diversity plan which looks to use the robot as a tool in exciting students about learning. Our team already has quantitative evidence in achieving one of our pillar goals. We are proud to announce that we are approaching a 50:50 girl to boy ratio.
History and Background
FIRST Organization and FRC Program
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire and raise respect for the STEM fields in young people. FIRST hosts innovative and unique hands-on programs from pre-K students through high school. These programs not only work to foster our future scientists and engineers, but instill life traits such as integrity, teamwork, honesty,and leadership.
FIRST has grown to involve over 367,000 students, 34,275 teams, and offers over $20 million in college scholarships. The program has spread globally, truly becoming a world sport. FIRST attracts tens of thousands of industry professionals to mentor the student teams. The non-profit organization can now boast sponsors such as Microsoft, Rockwell Automation, 3M, FedEx, and National Instruments.