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FIRST® was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen and offers 4 levels of robotics programming. Check out the program details and FAQs below. If you would like more information, the FIRST® Contact page can help you further.

 

 

  • FIRST LEGO LEAGUE JR. (Grades K-4th)

    FIRST® LEGO League Jr. is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10, while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®. Guided by two or more adult Coaches, teams (up to 6 members, grades K-4) explore a real-world scientific problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. Then they create a Show Me poster that illustrates their journey of discovery and introduces their team. They also construct a motorized model of what they learned using LEGO elements. In the process, teams learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRST® LEGO League Jr. Core Values, which include respect, sharing, and critical thinking. At the close of each season, teams come together on a regional basis to strut their stuff, share ideas, celebrate, and have fun!

    2019-2020 FIRST LEGO League Jr Registration Payments and PurchasesCOSTS

    $300 – $500 first season (then $100 – $200 per season) 

    Includes:

    • $99 FLL Jr. team Registration & program fees (annual dues), includes “Inspire Set”, Challenge document, Engineering Notebooks, and Team Meeting Guide
    • $200 FLL Jr. Starter Set (reusable each season), includes WeDo 2.0 Core Set, Software, Baseplate
    • $25 – $75 Expo registration fees (varies by event)
    • Additional, optional purchases: Community Starter Set ($200), Community Minfigure Set ($55), Creative LEGO Brick Set ($60)

    Registration

    Events

  • FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (Grades 4th-8th)

    FIRST® LEGO League is designed to excite kids ages 9 to 14 about STEM concepts, while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®. Guided by two or more adult Coaches,FIRST® LEGO League teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8) research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.

    It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program’s Core Values.

    2019-2020 FIRST LEGO League Registration Payments and PurchasesCOSTS

    $1,500 – $3,000 first season (then $1,000 – $2,500 per season)

    Includes:

    • $300 +S&H Team Registration ($225 annual dues) and Challenge Set ($75 new each year)
    • $496 LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robot Set Bundle (re-usable each year)
    • $75 – $150 tournament registration fees (varies by Region and Event)
    • $500 – $1,000 for team apparel, meals, presentation materials, promotional items for team spirit, travel if the event is out of town; competitions are single day events.
    • Additional Costs if team qualifies for World Festival

    REGISTRATION

    EVENTS

    • Qualifiers start in late fall and winter
    • Regional Championship/Invitational in the spring
    • World Festival in April
    • More details here.
  • FIRST TECH CHALLENGE (Grades 7th-12th)

    FIRST® Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!” Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.

    2019-2020 FIRST Tech Challenge Registration Payments & PurchasesCOSTS

    $2,500 – $6,000 per season

    Includes:

    • $275 FTC program fees (annual dues)
    • $440-$530 Kit of Parts: Competition Set (various kits available, re-usable each year)
    • $380 Kit of Parts: Control Set ($250) & Electronics Set($130) (reusable each year)
    • $400 Miscellaneous Parts & Tools (may be reusable each year)
    • $200 – $400 tournament registration fees (varies by Event and Region)
    • $300 – $1,000 for team apparel, meals, presentation materials, promotional items for team spirit, etc.
    • Additional, optional purchases: FTC Field Set ($850, reusable), Game Elements (up to $500, new each year)
    • Other costs include travel if the event is out of town plus room and board for 1-2 days; competitions are typically single day events
    • Additional Costs if team qualifies for World Championship

    REGISTRATION

    • Opens May
    • Closes early November
    • New game announced in September
    • Register Here! 

    EVENTS

    • League Play & Qualifiers start in late fall
    • Regional Championship in late fall/early spring
    • Super Regional Championship in late February to early April
    • World Championship in late April
    • More details here.
  • FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION (Grades 9th-12th)

    FIRST® Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” do community outreach for which they can win awards, 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. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.

    2019-2020 FIRST Robotics Competition Registration Payments & PurchasesCOSTS

    $6,000 – $25,000 per season

    Includes:

    • $6,000 Rookie team/$5,000 Veteran team registration includes 2 District Events registration plus a basic kit of parts. Teams can choose to raise additional money and register for a 3rd Play District Event during one season at $1,000 per event
    • $1,000 – $3,000+ for additional raw materials and parts to complete the robot build to expand beyond a very basic “kit bot”.
    • $1,000 – $2,000+ for tools and equipment. Some teams will have schools that will allow use of district shop tools and equipment; other teams will have to purchase their own.
    • $500.00 – $2,000 for team apparel, robot cart, meals, presentation materials, promotional items for team spirit, etc.
    • $500 – $1,500 for materials to build practice playing field components.
    • Other costs include travel if the event is out of town plus room and board for 3 days as these are not single day events.
    • Additional Costs if team qualifies for World Championship

    REGISTRATION

    EVENTS

    • District & State Competitions in March and April
    • World Championship in late April
    • More details here.