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     FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) creates a game each year that requires robots with unique abilities such as launching/delivering objects, climbing various obstacles and working with other robots in their alliance to achieve a goal. FIRST gives teams made up of high school students, mentors and coaches  a 6 week period to create a robot that has these capabilities and then gives them the opportunity to compete against other teams throughout their state. In doing so, FIRST  allows young minds in the STEM field to develop their skills not only in the strategical programming and constructing of robots but also in teamwork, responsibility, and overall sportsmanship in a competitive environment, qualities that are beneficial in the competition, workforce and life itself.