What is FIRST?
FIRST is an acronym of the phrase, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST is a program that introduces students, kindergarten through twelfth grade, to the world of engineering. It teaches life skills such as teamwork, leadership, adaptation, problem solving, and determination. FIRST is divided into four levels for the varying grades. The youngest level, which focuses on teaching kids basic team working skills is FLL Jr. (FIRST Lego League Jr.). In FLL Jr.K-3 grade students work together to design and build a model of a building/tool, based on the year's theme, out of legos. These models must consist of simple machines and one motorized part. The next level up, FLL (FIRST Lego League), consists of 3-5 graders. Here students build an EV3 base robot with lego attachments. This robot must be able to complete a series of tasks based on the current theme for FLL. FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) transitions with the students as they move from elementary to Jr. High. They build and program a robot with LEGO Tetrix pieces to compete against other teams in a theme based competition. FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) is the final level of FIRST. Teams consist of high school students who build a robot of fully machined parts along with their coaches and mentors. They supply the bot with full electronics systems, and a program. They then compete in district and regional competitions for a chance to make it to states and if the teams are successful enough they could potentially attend and compete in the World's competition.