What is FIRST?

FIRST's mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

About JD Robotics

This course uses a lab-based approach to introduce basic robotics concepts. The class will work as a team to design fabricate and test-drive a one-of-a-kind fully functional robot which will be entered into the annual Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition held each March at the Maverick Center. This competition is comprised of over 48 robotics teams with about two-thirds of the teams from Utah high schools and one-third of the teams from various western states high schools. This course provided opportunity to participate in one of the most prestigious STEM Technology competitions held in the United States.

How you can help

JD Robotics is always looking for local experts in STEM subjects.  Specifically engineering, CAD, manufacturing, physics and more.  You can donate your time and talent or help support us with a grant from your business.  All support is welcomed.

JD Robotics was invited to exhibit at the 2014 Salt Lake Comic Con FanX even April 17-19.  We and the other teams took it upon ourselves to spread the word about FIRST Robotics and let some kids shoot the balls.  We also found out that exhibit halls like the Salt Palace are a wifi mess.  By switching to the 5Ghz band we were able to smoothly operate our robots and if a problem arose the "Auto Channel Select" feature of the D-Link routers on the robots would hop to an unused channel on reboot.



Update:  We made the video highlights from KidCon!  We start to appear at 0:54 in the video below.


Juan Diego Robotics is a zero block class and club that is taught after school starting spring semester.  Students may elect to earn a computer credit for the class or simply join the club for yearly robotics fun.  Students learn about principles of locomotion, engineering, programming, strategy and manufacturing/fabrication.

Juan Diego has been involved since FRC 2010.

FRC 2011 Innovation in Control