For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST)
"The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership." Below are some K-12 programs provided by FIRST.
FIRST Lego League JR aims to pique children’s interest in real-world scientific challenges while also encouraging collaboration and utilizing motorized LEGO® pieces. FIRST Lego League JR is open to students in kindergarten through fourth grade.
FIRST Lego League is a competition for elementary and middle school children to research a real-world engineering challenge, devise a solution, and compete with their own LEGO-based robots. The FIRST Lego League is open to students in grades four through eight.
FIRST Tech Challenge is a competition in which teams of middle and high school students design, build, and program a robot to compete against the creations of other teams in a floor game. The FIRST Tech Challenge is open to students in grades 7 through 12.
FIRST Robotics Competitions are for high school-aged teams to compete head-to-head on a specific playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed. The FIRST Robotics Competition is available to students in grades nine through twelve.
Learn More About FIRST
To learn more, click on the link to the right to be directed to FIRST's website.