NASA’s Robotics Alliance Project (RAP) is dedicated to increasing interest in engineering, technology, science, and mathematics disciplines among youth in the United States.
RAP’s goal is to create an inspired, experienced, technical workforce for the aerospace community.
Annual activities and events expose students to challenging applications of engineering and science. The RAP supports national robotics competitions in which high school students team with engineering and technical professionals from government, industry, and universities to gain hands-on experience and mentoring.
In fiscal year 2019, RAP sponsored 300 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC) teams (approximately 8,000 students), 50 VEX robotics teams (approximately 500 students), and sponsored and/or supported 18 FIRST Robotics Competition events (affecting approximately 50,000 students).