The WOW Alliance consists of FIRST Robotics teams from West Virginia, Ohio and Western/Central Pennsylvania. WOW is hosted by the PAST Foundation.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21 st century work-life skills.
FIRST POWER UP is the FRC game for the 2018 season. It involves two alliances of three teams each, with each team controlling a robot and performing specific tasks on a field to score points. The game has a retro 8-bit theme and teams are required to place “power cubes”, on large balancing scales to tip the scale and gain ownership. Alliances can trade power cubes for “power ups”, giving them a temporary advantage in the game. At the end of the game, robots can climb the tower attached to the centre balancing scale using a rung attached to the tower, giving them additional points.