Welcome to the Home of the Red Hot Chili Bots from Marshall High School

What is FIRST? To understand the purpose and goals of FIRST you first have to understand the goals of Engineering and then FIRST makes perfect sense. Simply stated, Engineering is a process for creative problem solving. Over 25 years ago Dean Kamen, among others, realized that the United States was not developing sufficient graduates from STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) related fields to be competitive in the technical job market. Using his Engineering skills Dean looked at the situation as a problem and applied creative thinking to propose a solution. Dean asked, "what do students like to do?" and identified arena sports and rock concerts as popular entertainment. Dean took these two venues and added a technical challenge to inspire young students to choose to play in the domain of STEM. Take a look at the following two videos from the 21st Kickoff to hear Dean Kamen, Founder, talk about "What is FIRST?" and Dr. Woodie Flowers, Chief Engineer, talk about "Why FIRST?". If you want to see a couple snapshots of what FIRST is all about, take a look at the above video.

  • FIRST is a "Varsity Sport for the Mind!"
  • FIRST is Engineering in Practice.
  • FIRST is "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology."

For more information on FIRST Robotics take a look at firstinspires.org.

2023-2024 FIRST "The Future is Yours to Create" Teaser



Photo by: John Hendler

Our State Superintendent, Michael Flanagan, visited the Red Hot Chili Bots' headquarters on February 18.  A representative group of our team walked Mr. Flanagan through our program and demonstrated the essay editor tools we have been using to create our robot for this year.  We also talked about the positive impact it has had on each of us.  This year our team has accelerated in the use of Computer Automated Design (CAD) to design and validate many parts of our robot prior to building.  It was fun to have the opportunity to talk with Mr. Flanagan about our successes.


Team Game History




In CHARGED UPSM presented by Haas, FIRST® Robotics Competition teams are inspired to see the potential of energy storage in a new light as they compete to charge up their communities. Watch the game animation to spark game-play ideas. In RAPID REACT: presented by Qualcomm, FIRST®teams will explore the future of transportation. From the shipment of packages in rural and urban areas, to disaster relief delivery and high-tech air transit, teams will re-imagine faster, more reliable, inclusive, and sustainable transportation innovations that better connect and grow communities and economies around the world. In DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE, Presented by The Boeing Company, we join two competing alliances collecting samples on planet Primus. Unpredictable terrain and weather patterns make remote robot operation essential to their mission on the planet. With only 2:30 until liftoff, the alliances must gather as many cargo pods as possible and prepare their spaceships before the next sandstorm arrives.









What We Do
FIRST Robotics’ purpose is to inspire students to consider STEM as part of their academic and career paths. The Red Hot Chili Bots students and mentors focus on providing opportunities for students to expand their working knowledge of engineering procedures while engaging in the business of building a robot. The FIRST experience continually impacts the goals of our students. Check out our Testimonials page under The Team for details in their own words.
How to Join
You can drop by one of our meetings or send an email to Mr. Seifert for more information about our team. We meet in room 134 at the Marshall High School, on Tuesday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm and on Thursday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.  Students can talk to any of our team members to learn more about the Robotics Team. Parents, mentors, sponsors – Please stop by any time to learn more about the program and how you can help.
How to Support
The Robotics program is funded by team fundraising efforts, local corporations, and grants. Please visit our Donate page to learn more about how you can help the team.

Inspiring Students