Team 3303 is a part of FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Every January, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) releases a unique game consisting of several tasks which can be completed to earn points. All FRC teams have six weeks to design and build their robots before competing in regional events to qualify for the FIRST World Championships.

The mission of FIRST goes beyond allowing students of all ages to build robots. In the words of founder Dean Kamen, FIRST exists To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”

Two foundational philosophies of FIRST are Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition. Gracious Professionalism involves being kind, respectful, and professional toward other individuals and teams. Similarly, Coopertition consists of competing fiercely even while respecting and cooperating with other teams.