“FIRST is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills. Kids often come in not knowing what to expect - of the program nor of themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, and with a sense that they can create their own future.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21 st century work-life skills. Read more about the Impact of FIRST.
FIRST Robotics consists of four main programs which are:
This program is designed for kids between the ages of 6 and 10, as a way to introduce them to STEM concepts in a fun and engaging way.
In this program students between the 2nd and 8th grades work together to build and program a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot which will be used to complete this years challenge.
Within this program students within the 7th and 12th grades learn how to build and program their own robots. Only now they are using aluminium rather than LEGOS. This means they will also learn to use a variety of tools such as saws and drills, as they build their robots.
This is the most advanced program which is geared towards high school students who are interested in STEM. Here students will build significantly larger robots from scratch, meaning they will have to machine their own parts in order to construct a robot.