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FIRST PROGRAMS

For students aged 6-18, it’s the hardest fun you’ll ever have. For team mentors, coaches, and volunteers, it’s the most rewarding adventure you’ll ever undertake. For sponsors, it’s the most enlightened investment you could ever make.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math. Founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen, the 2016-2017 FIRSTseason is expected to attract close to 460,000 youth and more than 230,000 mentors, coaches, and volunteers from 60+ countries.

The annual programs culminate in an international robotics competition and celebration where teams win recognition, gain self-confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends, and perhaps discover an unforeseen career path.

FIRST programs are split by age into four different levels:

FIRST  ROBOTICS COMPETITION

Dubbed a “Varsity Sports for the Mind,” FIRSTRobotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team brand, hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks again a field of competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Professional mentors volunteer their time and talents to guide each team.

High School students ages 14 – 18 get to:

  • Work alongside professional engineers.
  • Build and compete with a robot of their own design.
  • Learn and use sophisticated hardware and software.
  • Develop design, project management, programming, teamwork, and strategic thinking skills.
  • Earn a place in the World Championships.
  • Qualify for over $30 million in college scholarships.

Teams:

  • 20-60 Students
  • 1-2 Coaches
  • 3-10 Volunteer Mentors

Season:

Game Announced: beginning of January
Build Season: January — mid-February
Competition Season: March & April
Meetings: 2-4 hours, 3-5 days per week

Visit our map to see where all of our Indiana FRC teams are located.
Are we missing your team? Contact us.

To learn more about FRC, visit the FIRST website.

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FIRST  TECH CHALLENGE

FIRST Tech Challenge is designed for high-schoolers who want to compete head to head using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete on a 12’ X 12’ field in an alliance format against other teams. Robots are built using a TETRIX platform that is reusable from year-to-year using Android technology and JAVA programming. Teams, including coaches, mentors, and volunteers, are required to develop a strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

 

Middle school and high school students ages 12 – 18 get to:

  • Design, build, and program robots.
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts.
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills.
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances at tournaments.
  • Earn a place in the World Championships.
  • Qualify for over $30 million in college scholarships.

Teams:

  • 3-15 Students
  • 1 Coach
  • 1-3 Volunteer Mentors

Season:

Game Announced: September
Build Season: September — March
Competition Season: October — March
Meetings: 2-3 hours, 1-3 days per week

To learn more about FIRST Tech Challenge, visit the FIRST website.
You can also visit the local Indiana FIRST Tech Challenge website.

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE

In FIRST LEGO League, children are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions. Through their participation, children develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities while learning that they can make a positive contribution to society.

Children ages 9 to 14 get to:

  • Create innovative solutions for challenges facing today’s scientists as part of their research project.
  • Strategize, design, build, program, and test a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology.
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts.
  • Develop employment and life skills including critical thinking, time management, collaboration, and communication while becoming more self-confident.
  • Become involved in their local and global community.
  • Choose to participate in official tournaments and local events.
  • Qualify for an invitation to World Festival.
  • Engage in team activities guided by FIRST LEGO League Core Values.

Teams:

  • 6-10 Students
  • 1-2 Volunteer Mentors

Season:

Game Announced: early September
Build Season: September — October
Competition Season: November
State Championship: December
Meetings: 2-3 hours, 2-3 days per week

To learn more about FIRST LEGO League, visit the FIRST website.
You can also visit the local Indiana FIRST LEGO League website.

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE JUNIOR

FIRST LEGO League Jr. captures young children’s inherent curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by adult coaches, teams use LEGO bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show-Me poster to illustrate their journey.

Children ages 6 to 10 get to:

  • Design and build a challenge-related model using LEGO components.
  • Learn to incorporate simple machines and mechanical parts into a model to mechanize it.
  • Create a Show-Me poster and practice presentation skills.
  • Explore challenges facing today’s scientists.
  • Discover real-world math and science.
  • Begin developing teamwork skills.
  • Choose to participate in events and celebrations.
  • Engage in team activities guided by FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values.

Teams:

  • 2-6 Students
  • 1-2 Volunteer Mentors

Season:

Game Announced: early Fall
Build Season: 6-12 weeks
Meetings: 1-2 hours, 1-2 days per week

To learn more about FIRST LEGO League Jr., visit the FIRST website.
You can also visit the local Indiana FIRST LEGO League Jr. website.