FIRST Robotics is a program developed to let students work alongside industry professionals to develop Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills. It allows students to challenge their leadership and life skills in an environment that follows the idea of gracious professionalism. Gracious professionalism is a term coined by FIRST which means to act professionally while helping your fellow team members or another team, and that in the end, it is about the learning experience and not winning. In addition to this, students are given a six-week period to build a robot for a new, exciting competition each year. During this season, the students go through the engineering process from brainstorming to completion. However, this program is not just about building and coding the robot, there is a media and outreach side of a FIRST team. On this side of the team, students learn how to contact business so they may sponsor their team, and handle public relations. In addition to this, students record the robot's progress throughout the build season and public events the team may do through photos, videos, and writing.
FRC Team Storm 4107 and its FTC sister teams Team 12272 Lightning and Team 17341 Thunder are the only First Robotics teams in the Harrison County school district of Mississippi. Through First Robotics, we stress the idea of gracious professionalism while always challenging our members to put a hundred percent into their robotics and school work. The team's hierarchy is broken down into cells which consist of a leadership of two co-captains, which deal with relaying information about events or activities that deal with the team, and four cell leaders, which delegate responsibilities to each member within their respective cells. These cells are known as mechanical, electrical, programming, safety, and media.