Founded in 1989, FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”, and was the brainchild of Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway. The purpose of FIRST is to give K-12 students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with skills such as computer programming, electrical and structural engineering. Teams then compete at multiple qualifiers in hopes to advance to their Regional Championship and then advance to the World Championship. Importantly, our Dark Matter team is more than robots. Throughout the season, our team members learn: Computer Programming, Electrical Engineering, Business Planning, Structural Engineering, Public Speaking, Community Outreach & Volunteering.
Dark Matter 14374 is a continuation of Dark Matter 10337 at Mandeville Junior High. Dark Matter transitioned to a community team in the 2018-2019 season with the help of two parent coaches. We are in our 3rd season as a community team and are grateful for the coaches and mentors that help keep our team going strong. Being a community team offers Dark Matter 14374 the opportunity to embrace 8th - 11th grade students across St. Tammany Parish. The team is located in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana.