"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."- Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization takes the challenges of sports and athletics and combines it with knowledge of science and engineering. Founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, FIRST has grown from an organization into a worldwide movement inspiring youths, adults, and even large corporations to participate in these events. FIRST now has 170,000+ supporters and 350,000+ bright, young students behind it as it shapes the next generation of Scientists and Engineers. Be sure to click below to learn about the exciting programs in FIRST.

FIRST Programs

Junior FIRST LEGO® League (Jr. FLL)

JrFLL Jr. FLL is a program made for children from kindergarten to grade 3. Children are given a common, real-world problem to research. They then have to collaborate to find a solution. Jr. FLL helps to build skills such as researching, teamwork, construction, and most importantly, imagination. Jr. FLL is a great way to focus young children's interests towards the world of science, technology, engineering, and math.

FLL Open to students in grades 4-8, FLL is a great introduction for those who are new to FIRST. Similar to Jr. FLL, teams are given a real-world problem in which they have to find a solution. However instead of using "Show-Me Posters" and LEGO® models, students are given a limited time to build and program LEGO® Mindstorms to complete the tasks laid out on the field. Students may also prepare a presentation highlighting student-created ideas to solve the problem. Presentations are judged at competitions for creativity and understanding of the topic. FLL is a great way to get young students' involved the world of science, technology, engineering, and math.
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

<img " style="float: left;margin-right:5px" src="http://team5036.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/FTC.png" alt="FTC" width="164" height="127" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-742" /> Very similar to FRC, FTC begins the competitive side of FIRST. Unlike FRC, teams are allowed to reuse their Kit of Parts but can only have a maximum of ten team members. Like FRC, teams are given a challenge in which they must build and program a robot to complete that challenge. Teams compete in alliances on a playing field set up for the challenge. The competition is based on strategy and teamwork rather than who has the better robot. Predominantly in the United States, FTC is a great way for people to experience smaller scale teams and robots but the same level of competition and fun.
FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC)

<img " style="float: left;margin-right:5px" src="http://team5036.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/FRC.png" alt="FRC" width="160" height="95" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-743" /> 6 weeks, a Kit of Parts, and probably a lot of pizza; welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). High school students are challenged to design and build a robot based on the challenge for that year. The 6 week build season begins with a worldwide event called Kick-Off where teams receive their Kit of Parts and learn the challenge and game field for that year. Following the build season, regional competitions begin as teams hope to qualify for the FIRST World Championship. Teams compete for the championship aw well as other awards such as the Website Award, Entrepreneurship Award, and the most prestigious award: the Chairman's Award. FRC gives students the chance to experience what professional, technological scientists and engineers do that they will not get anywhere else.