FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is exposing students in its FIRST Robotics Competition program to Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) to learn how to analyze data gathered in preparation for the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition season. Students have access to Tableau free through the company´s Tableau for Students program.
FIRST became aware of Tableau when students from Raisbeck Aviation High School in Washington State began using the software to analyze their “scouting” data, a mix of qualitative and quantitative data collected about their robots used in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The team discovered that with Tableau, it could build a system to visualize and analyze data on the fly rather than spending weeks trying to find results using only a spreadsheet tool.
The Puget Sound high school went on to win every FRC regional competition they attended, and went undefeated in their qualification rounds at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Mo. that year. The FIRST Robotics Competition organizers took notice and decided to introduce its broader membership to Tableau.
Tableau is working with FIRST to monitor and learn from how its students are using its products. It has also built a series of instructional tutorials for FIRST students that teach them how to use Tableau for this type of data.
To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.
Tableau Software helps people analyze, visualize and share information. Its website is at www.tableausoftware.com/.