Join FIRST®

If you're looking to enter into a world of technology, science, and excitement, then look no further!  FIRST  has got you covered! There are many ways to join this amazing world of robots, kids, and passionate volunteers. Not just that, but  FIRST  is open to people of all ages, from kindergarten students to seniors in the community. Over the long list of ways to get involved,  FIRST  has a large variety of roles and interests for you to indulge in, even if you're just getting started!


Students Aged 6-9 Years (Grades K-3):

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr!

You are just stepping into one of the most exciting and adventurous worlds you will ever get involved in. Students in Jr. FLL will get the opportunity to gather and develop interest and understanding in science and technology, all while having fun with their fellow peers. Students get to:

  • Design and build challenge solutions using LEGO® elements
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Research challenges facing today's scientists
  • Learn team-building and presentation skills

What are you waiting for? You're just getting started!


Students Aged 9-14 Years (Grades 4-8):

FIRST® LEGO® League!

Ready for the real stuff? Get your basic knowledge and skills by building your very own robot out of LEGO®! Students in FLL will get the opportunity to build Lego robots and program them to complete a series of challenges, alongside their friends and peers. Students get to:

  • Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS technology
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations

This is the first time you will get to program a robot of your own creation. So come on! Let's get started, shall we?


Students Aged 12-18 Years (Grades 7-12):

FIRST® Tech Challenge!

This is your introduction to the big one! FTC allows students to build their very own creations out of scratch and to program their own commands, control systems, and manoeuvres. Students 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 and tournaments
  • Earn a place in the World Championship
  • Qualify for over $11 million in college scholarships

The playing field is waiting for you. Get your robots geared up, and let's go!


Students Aged 14-18 Years (Grades 9-12):

FIRST® Robotics Competition!

This is it. This is the moment you've been waiting for in all your time in  FIRST . FRC is the collaboration of all your past skills and knowledge into one big creation. Students will get the opportunity to create their own robots out of scratch and program them to complete tasks on the playing field. Students get to:

  • Learn from professional engineers
  • Build and compete with a robot of their own design 
  • Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Earn a place in the World Championship
  • Qualify for nearly $14.8 million in college scholarships

You've waited all this time to get to this point. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Join in!


Adults Aged 18+ (Post-Secondary Student, Employed, etc.):

Whether you're new or didn't want to stop after high school, you can join FIRST and help out as a coach, mentor or volunteer. There are plenty of options open to you:

Coaches:

Jr. FLL:

You will guide your team through their challenge, which includes creating a LEGO® model with a motorized part and making a ‘Show Me’ poster that explains what the team learned. You keep your team on track and ask “leading questions,” but you are mainly there to make sure the children have fun!

Visit the FIRST Website for resources on how to get started: Get Involved in Jr. FLL.

FLL:

You will provide support to your team and guide them in completing the season’s Challenge. You ask questions, encourage the team to explore options, promote teamwork and participation by all members, exemplify Gracious Professionalism, reinforce FLL’s Core Values and commit to having fun!

Visit the FIRST LEGO League Website for resources on how to get started: Start an FLL Team.

Mentors:

Jr. FLL:

You help Jr. FLL Coaches organize events as well as find resources and events in their area.

Visit the FIRST Website for resources on how to get started: Get Involved in Jr. FLL

FLL:

You have a certain expertise your team may need. You may contribute your expertise through instruction, guidance to the team, or serve as a resource on a one-time or multiple-time basis.

Visit the FIRST TeamUp Portal to connect with FLL Teams: FIRST TeamUp Portal

FTC:

You work with your students by helping them to develop skills and to design and build a successful robot. You guide your team through any issues they encounter, making them stronger in both their school and personal lives. You inspire students in ways far beyond science and technology and enable both students and adults to appreciate the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism in a way that might not be possible otherwise.

Visit the FIRST Website for resources on how to get started: Get Involved in FTC

FRC:

You play a vital role in the success of your students. You work extensively with team members during the build season, designing, building, and fabricating a functional robot for Competition. Your expertise is the catalyst for the team’s and students’ success. You are the major distinction between the FRC program and other robotic competitions as you are wholly the professional role model for the student. You engage and inspire students in ways far beyond science and technology. You enable both students and adults to appreciate the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism.

Visit the FIRST Website for resources on how to get started: Get Involved with FRC

Volunteers:

FIRST Volunteers are a necessity for proper and smooth function of any event or organization, especially one the magnitude of  FIRST . Volunteers have unique roles at each level of the FIRST Robotics Program.

For a complete list of volunteer positions, visit the FIRST Website: Volunteer Roles

Visit the FIRST Website for resources on how to get started: Get Involved as a Volunteer


To become involved, look for a team or event near you and start your  FIRST  Experience strong! For a complete list of teams of all  FIRST Programs and all registered FIRST events, visit the US FIRST Website at firstinspires.org


*Please note that information on this page regarding summaries of programs and roles has been derived from the United States Official FIRST Website .

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