FIRST Team 987 is a high school robotics team founded by Joe Barry and Marc Rogers to create new opportunities for students to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The team has grown a lot since its conception. In the beginning, the team started with a small room inside the school in which to work, and had very little equipment to work with. Over the years, the team has diligently worked towards the improvement of our community and the distribution of FIRST's values, as well as STEM education, through running our team's open workshop and mobile machine shop, volunteering in the community, operating several annual robotics camps, and finding new ways to introduce STEM values.
Our mission is to spread awareness of engineering and design fields to demonstrate how mathematics and science apply to real-life situations and to extend the reach of FIRST, an organization dedicated to inspire young individuals to pursue careers in science and technology, to all areas of the Las Vegas valley.
FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a program founded by Dean Kamen in 1989 to build interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The FIRST program started out small, with 28 teams meeting in a high school gym in New Hampshire. The FIRST program now reaches over 250,000 students at regional and district competitions all over the United States, as well as many other countries around the world!