What is FIRST?
FIRST is a progression of robotics competitions for kids, beginning with the youngest innovators and going through high school. Each level of FIRST features age appropriate challenges and engages students in a "sport for the mind". FIRST encourages it participants to think outside the box. Even at the earliest levels when students are limited to the use of LEGO pieces, students are encouraged to solve problems in ways that are innovative. At the FTC and FRC levels, there is no box.
Each season starts fresh with a new theme and a new game, and students design and build robots to compete in high energy, high fun competitions. Innovation, hard work, team work, and cooperation with competitors (coopertition®) are celebrated at these events.
FIRST is Robots, but it's also so much more.
“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.”
– FOUNDER, DEAN KAMEN