What is FIRST?

FIRST is a global non-profit that promotes STEM throughout the world. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST sponsors four programs, FIRST Lego League Jr. (FLL Jr.), FIRST Lego League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).

FRC, one of the largest programs in FIRST, boulsters more than 3,500 teams worldwide. Each year in early January, FIRST issues a challenge. Teams recieve this challange and then have six weeks to construct a robot. After these six weeks known as build season, teams bring there robots to compete against other teams. Teams that qualify compete at the World Championship at the end of April. Past challenges include, launching frsibees and shooting basketballs. Last year’s FRC challenge is posted below.