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FIRST is a robotics organization whose 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". FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen and has changed the lives of thousands of students, mentors, and volunteers ever since. One of the many values FIRST that its members live by is Gracious Professionalism, the concept that competition doesn't have to include negativity towards the opponent. FIRST not only teaches about technology, but also how to act throughout life.
Rebound Rumble is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27 x 54 ft field. Each alliance consists of three robots. They compete to score as many basketballs into their hoops as they can during a 2 minute and 15 second match. The higher the hoop in which the basketball is scored, the more points the alliance receives. The match begins with a 15-second Hybrid Period in which robots operate independently of driver inputs. During this Hybrid Period, one robot on each alliance may be controlled using a Microsoft Kinect. Baskets scored during this period are worth extra points. For the remainder of the match, drivers control robots and try to maximize their alliance score by scoring as many baskets as possible. The match ends with robots attempting to balance on bridges located at the middle of the field. In Qualification Matches, a robot from each alliance will also try to balance on the white Coopertition™ bridge to score additional ranking points for each alliance.