Mission Statement It is the goal of each Prime Mover to leave the team as a responsible adult, capable of working as a member or a leader of any team, while also leaving a positive and lasting legacy on our community about the importance of hard work and perseverance. Our team strives to be exemplary gracious and professional at any event we attend, with the central mission of promoting STEM and the ideals of FIRST.
About Us F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers, and the F.I.R.S.T. robotics competition was launched in 1992. The organization's main goal is to develop ways to inspire students in engineering and technology fields. It is also known for its philosophy of cooperative competition, which is expressed by the organization as coopertition and gracious professionalism.
Just like FIRST prides itself on being “more than robots", Team 31 prides itself on being more than a team; we are a family. Our team works almost 200 hours in a build season learning new skills and making friendships that last a lifetime. The changes we have made this year have set up our team to be successful for seasons to come.
Since 2012, Team 31 had been working out of a storage closet. The lack of space made it difficult for us to have larger power tools and we had to have many of our pieces cut at home or contracted out to machinists. We were grateful for the opportunity this year to move into a 600ftx600ft work space with a variety of resources available. Our team has now many more opportunities to learn valuable skills as well as have ownership of all the projects we undertake.
We will use these new resources to promote STEM throughout the community by hosting and sponsoring FIRST events, and thus provide many future engineers, scientist and mathematicians with the opportunity to explore their passion for STEM.
Thank you to the friends, families, mentors and sponsors of the Prime Movers! We can't do it without you!