CHANGE
young
minds
FIRST
PROGRAMS
A
Progression
of
four
programs
Grades K-3
Grades 4-8
Grades 7-12
Grades 9-12
Teams explore today’s scientific
challenges, then present their research
using a LEGO
®
model with moving
parts and a “Show-Me” poster.
Guided by FLL Core Values, teams
build LEGO
®
-based autonomous robots
and develop research projects based
on a real-world Challenge that
changes annually.
Students learn to think like engineers and
produce an engineering notebook to document
their progress.Teams develop strategies, build
robots from a reusable kit of parts, and
compete head to head.
Mentored by professional engineers, teams
compete with 120-pound robots of their own
design in this varsity Sport for the Mind™,
combining the excitement of sport with the
rigors of science and technology.
1989
Founded by inventor
Dean Kamen to inspire
passion in young
people for science
and technology
1996
Inaugural
®
awarded by
Worcester Polytechnic
Institute (WPI)
1992
28 teams
compete in inaugural
FIRST
®
Robotics Competition
(FRC
®
)
2004
Junior
FIRST
®
LEGO
®
League (Jr.FLL
®
)
launched, bringing
the
FIRST
experience
to children ages 6 to 9
2005
FIRST
®
Tech Challenge
(FTC
®
) introduced as
a pilot to provide
a more accessible
FIRST
program
1997
join forces to kickstart
FIRST
growth rate
2007
President George W. Bush
honors
FIRST
teams at
the White House;
FIRST
introduces
2008
designation created
for outstanding
FIRST
Sponsors
2010
Teams honored by President
Barack Obama at White House
Science Fair;
FIRST
®
LEGO
®
League
(FLL
®
)
introduced
2011
will.i.am attends
FIRST
Championship; features FTC
and FRC in “i.am
FIRST
®
:
Science is Rock and Roll” TV
special on the ABC network
2012
FLL celebrates 1,000,000
experiences;
FIRST
Scholarships reach $15
million;
FIRST
reaches
280,000 youth through
100,000 Volunteers
FIRST
IN HISTORY
For
ages 6 to
18; gets young
people involved early,
developing skills and building
confidence, keeping them
engaged through high school.
1995
Inaugural Championship
held at Walt Disney
World’s Epcot Center
1998
FIRST
and the
LEGO Group agree
to form a junior
robotics program
with 200 teams
in pilot year
3
3
3
3
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