FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology and was founded by Segway inventor, Dean Kamen. It combines the excitement of a sporting event with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, student-run teams are challenged to raise funds, learn and practice teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of fierce competitors.
In our 2019 season, thanks to the support of our amazing community partners, Team 5401 was able to reach the TESLA division at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Detroit. This victory proved that with a little bit of elbow grease, and a little bit of actual grease, anything can be accomplished.
Now going into our 2023-2022 season, we've seen a lot of growth! We have established a presence in Lower Bucks County by partnering with William Tennet High School to help them start their own team. Additionally, Team 5401 has expanded the amount of outreach we do in our community. For example, we started supporting the FFL team at LaBrum Middle School and we offer a summer camp for aspiring team members in Bensalem middle schools. We have also expanded our fundraising efforts which have helped us acquire more local sponsors and increase local awareness about the team. Lastly, we have gained a state-of-the-art robotics lab and are working with the school district to have FIRST be present in the Engineering curriculum in our high school. Oh- and most importantly our team has grown by 117% since last season.
Here at Team 5401, we pride ourselves on being a safe space for people from all different walks of life. No matter what gender, race, sexuality, or religion we love and support every member of our team like a family. We also have members with disabilities, both physical and mental, and despite the struggles they go through in their day-to-day life, here we welcome them with open arms and let them know they will always be accepted and loved within the team as equals.