TISP and FIRST® Robotics
Every year since 1999, Boston University has sponsored high school students in the Boston FIRST® competition, the largest robotics competition in New England, drawing thousands of students to design and build robots. Since 2005, BU has also financed and hosted the Regional Competition at Agganis Arena and provided engineering scholarships for select FIRST® alumni.
Seeking to inspire the next generation of Societal Engineers, BU undergraduates from the Technology Innovation Scholars program mentor local high school FIRST® teams across Boston. The Technology Innovation Scholars are “cool” role-models who share their technical expertise and insight into engineering and college with the FIRST® teams. Several FIRST® teams supported and mentored by BU won top awards, such as the Judges Award, the Xerox-sponsored Creativity Award and FIRST®’s most prestigious honor, the Regional Chairman’s Award.