FIRST® stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” and is a program designed to inspire students to be leaders in the fields of science and technology leaders. FIRST takes the best ideals of sports and applies them to an international competitions that teams students and professional engineers to work together to build a robot to solve an engineering design problem (game). The system that challenges students to apply and learn skills in science, engineering, and technology while simultaneously building self-confidence in their own skills and to become leaders.
You may also find additional information on FIRST and its values by clicking on the following links:
- FIRST At A Glance
- The FIRST Robotics Competition: How It Works
- 2016 Season Statistics
- FIRST Impact
- Gracious Professionalism
FIRST organizes 4 levels of competition for all ages.
- FIRST Robotics Competition
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®) is sometimes referred to as the “varsity sport for the mind,” and helps high school students discover what engineers and researchers really do. The participants are given a new design challenge (game) each year at Kickoff. Each team is given six weeks to design, build, and program their robot to play the new game. Teams then compete at district and regional events before (hopefully) heading to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.
- FIRST Tech Challenge
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC®) is also designed for high school students and provides a similar challenge to the FRC but at a much lower cost. Teams of up to ten students design, build, and program these smaller and lighter robots. These robots are more affordable and the parts are reusable in following seasons.
- FIRST Lego League
FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) is designed for students from 9 to 14 years old. Teams use LEGO MINDSTORMS® to compete in real-world challenges facing today’s scientists.
- FIRST Lego League Jr.
FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.®) is designed for the youngest students which features a real-world challenge. Students design and build solutions using LEGO elements and give presentations.