-F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition-

Join the Robotic Rangers and help create a Benton House robot to compete in the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition

6 week build season beginning in January 2015

Mentors: Ben Noetzel, Ryan Kamphuis, and Kori Bowns
In partnership with F.I.R.S.T. Robotics and NASA Program Growth Grant

Highlights and Accomplishments

  • Work together to create a robot while learning engineering and programming skills

  • Compete with schools and organizations in an exciting robotic competition

  • Robotic Rangers was highest seated rookie in 2013 Midwest Regional Competition

  • Mentor Ryan Kamphuis was awarded F.I.R.S.T. Volunteer of the Year 

Skills Developed

  • Knowledge and understanding of robotic technology

  • Teamwork and collaboration

  • Problem solving

  • Design and engineering

  • Gracious Professionalism

Benton House's Robotics program is an exciting creative and technical pursuit to build the best robot! Each year teams are given the details of the upcoming competition and must work together to figure out how to build a functional, competitive machine. By working within guidelines put forth by the competition, budgets and finite parts, teams must think creatively and critically in order to achieve their vision.

The spirit and impact of F.I.R.S.T. is something truly unique. From emphasizing gracious professionalism to providing participating youth with an abundance of scholarship opportunities, F.I.R.S.T. stands out as a meaningful experience for all those involved. If you don't believe us, just ask President Obama!

We need your support.

For the past two years, Benton House has been able to participate in the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition by qualifying for grants awarded to new teams. Unfortunately in 2015, we will no longer be able to be funded this way, so we need your help to keep this exciting, educational program alive! This program has allowed students, as well as mentors, to grow in many valuable ways, and we truly hope to see another season in 2015. As founder of the competition, Dean Kamen, explains, F.I.R.S.T. "shows students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all."

Join our team!

Enroll in the 2015 Benton House Robotics Program by visiting our Youth Programs sign up page!


Visit F.I.R.S.T.'s website, www.usfirst.org.

The Robotic Rangers have a facebook!
Support them here.

Keep this valuable program alive. Contact Ben Noetzel for information on how to donate.