Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.
Project-based, hands-on FIRST programs introduce students to engineering and coding in an engaging, inclusive, and creative classroom or after-school learning environment where students work collaboratively to solve an annual robotics challenge. Boosted by a million-strong global community of students, mentors, educators, volunteers, sponsors, and alumni in 110 countries, our PreK-12 programs are designed to inspire innovation and help young people build a better future.
We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”
Under strict rules, limited time and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.
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