Ernest Manning High School's FIRST Robotics Team, Manning Robotics (formerly Iron Manning), is made up of grade ten through twelve students interested in the fields of Engineering, Technology, Communication, Business, and Science. This unique program provides students the opportunity to design, construct and compete in high profile, innovative robotics competitions. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) encourages students to interact with mentors and their community to further their understanding and skills in Science and Technology. Being part of Manning Robotics and FRC will prepare the students for increasing number of career opportunities available to them in the highly skilled and lucrative technology sectors of the global economy. The robotics competition develops life skills of leadership, effective communication, teamwork, and community as well as project management, financial management and business.
The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international event that allows high school students to work along one another and create a robot capable of completing different tasks. Whatever alliance scores the highest number of points moves up in ranks. The challenge can range from scoring balls into goals to balancing multiple robots on beams. FIRST robotics also holds competitions for younger students, however, Manning Robotics competes in the FRC challenge.