FIRST Robotics came to West Lafayette, Indiana nearly two decades ago. They have since forged a partnership with Purdue University, as engineering students mentor high school students in designing, building, and testing competitive robots. The students volunteer their time, and also get class credit. Mentor Steve Florence says that FIRST is "one of the best job development programs in education. If an employer sees you have FIRST experience on your resume, they know you have great skills in teamwork and open-ended problem solving."