FIRST® Robotics Competition Sponsorship
FIRST® Inspires designs, develops and delivers program-based learning. True to its name FIRST both inspires students interests in science and technology and provides hands-on learning so students can develop the essential job skills that will be required of the next generation, while having fun at the same time.
As a proud sponsor of FIRST, Siemens is pleased and excited to support FIRST and provide all teams with access to:
- Solid Edge® 3D CAD software free of charge
- New learning tutorials for FIRST Robotics
- 5GB of free cloud-based CAD file management, viewing, and collaboration
- Solid Edge certification, and
- Sponsorship funding for qualifying teams
Check out all the resources below to ensure your success in the 2020 FIRST Robotics season!
CAD file management and collaboration
Work together and collaborate easily with Solid Edge Portal. Create your free account today to access 5GB of cloud-based file storage. Upload any type of CAD file format online, and access from any device! Explore models with viewing tools; rotate and pan, section, and automatic assembly explode, capture feedback with markup and securely share and collaborate.
Introduction to Wiring your FIRST Robot
In this tutorial you will learn how to use Solid Edge’s electric routing to add wire paths and physical wires to a FIRST® robot. To demonstrate this process, we will be using an award winning FIRST® robot, courtesy of Team 3339 -BumbleB from Israel.
FIRST 2020 Kit of Parts*—Solid Edge Models
Download Solid Edge models for the FIRST 2020 Kit of Parts now and save valuable time by importing these part files directly into your robot design.
Robot Kit Chassis Assembly
In this tutorial students will learn how to create assembly relationships in Solid Edge to assemble the different components of a standard Robot Kit Chassis from AndyMark®. The tutorial will also guide you through how to add a virtual motor and animate the motion of the gears in the gearbox. The tutorial download includes, instructional videos, printable companion documents, and all the Solid Edge part and assembly files needed to complete the exercise.
Visualizing STEM Curriculum
This curriculum introduces students to STEM and opens their eyes to a world of patterns, shapes and designs. The videos and class files allow students to work at their own pace independently to develop spatial thinking that is so crucial to 3D computer-aided design.
Students will find everything they need to get started in robotics here, including a downloadable kit of parts, helpful training videos and tutorials. These materials are developed by the Solid Edge team exclusively for FIRST Robotics competitors.
CAD Video Tutorials
This collection of easy-to-follow video tutorials introduces students to foundational CAD concepts such as how to import and edit models, how to use flexible design intent, and how to perform fast, flexible modeling in Solid Edge.
CAD Fundamentals Course
This course is a fast, easy artistic approach to learning 3D CAD. This curriculum introduces students to STEM while allowing them to work at their own pace and provides a solid creative understanding of 3D part modeling.
STEM Classroom Lectures
This collection of four classroom lectures address key areas of the STEM curriculum in secondary education. Developed by teachers for teachers these lectures include classroom presentations, teacher notes, student activity sheets and homework tasks.
Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
The STEM project introduces students to forces in materials, physical testing and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). The project includes comprehensive Teacher notes, classroom material, step-by-step tutorials and homework tasks. This project is suitable for all school, including those participating in FIRST Robotics.
Introduction to Mechanical Systems
The STEM project introduces students to the concepts of mechanical systems as a means of transmitting energy. The project includes comprehensive Teacher notes, classroom material, step-by-step tutorials and homework tasks. This project is suitable for all schools, including those participating in FIRST Robotics.
Introduction to Surfacing
The STEM project introduces students to surface geometry and the concepts of surface modeling, providing an awareness of the different surfacing techniques and where there are advantages over solid modelling. The project includes comprehensive Teacher notes, classroom material, step-by-step tutorials and homework tasks. This project is suitable for all schools, including those participating in FIRST Robotics.
Free Solid Edge Software for Students
From elementary school students to college age, homeschoolers, self-learners and afterschool club members, the Solid Edge Student Edition is the same software used by professionals—free to any active learner.
Kicking off the FIRST Robotics Season with New Degrees of Freedom
Read an interview with Team 6413 Mentor Izzy Thalman and learn as a full-time student, with a demanding workload, why Izzy dedicates an average of 6-12 hours per week (in the off season) to mentor and teach the First Degrees of Freedom girls.
Apply for funding
We realize having the right tools and financial support is critical to team success. To help as many teams as we can, we will be granting $1,000 sponsorships to teams that meet the eligibility requirements below but don’t delay, sponsorship will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis! Applications will be accepted up to January 31, 2020.
- Must have a Siemens mentor, coach or family member on the team (one application per team)
- Download and explore Siemens software, i.e., Solid Edge 3D Design
- Participation in Siemens/FIRST Robotics reference program
* If you are under the age of 16, please have an adult mentor associated with your team complete this form.
Solid Edge Certification
Be sure to explore Solid Edge Training for Beginners to prepare for Solid Edge certification and validate your skills. Your FIRST voucher book includes a promotional code for FIRST participants to take the online certification exam free of charge so you can receive an industry recognized certification that can enhance your future career.