FIRST 2013 Annual Report - page 6-7

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Grades 4-8
Grades 9-12
Guidedby FLLCoreValues,
teams build LEGO
®
-based
autonomous robots
anddevelop researchprojects
basedon a real-worldChallenge
that changes annually
Students learn to think like engineers
andproduce an engineering
notebook todocument their progress.
Teams develop strategies, build
robots from a reusable kit of parts,
and compete head to head.
Mentoredby professional engineers,
teams competewithup-to-150-pound
robots of their owndesign in this
varsitySport for theMind™, combining
the excitement of sport with the rigors
of science and technology.
GradesK-3
Grades 7-12
Teams explore today’s scientific
challenges, thenpresent their
researchusing amodel with
motorizedpartsmade out of
LEGO
®
elements, and a
ShowMe
poster
A
PROGRESSION
of
four
programs
For ages 6 to18; gets young people involved early, developing skills andbuilding confidence, keeping them engaged through high school.
FIRST
PROGRAMS
ENGINEERING
NOTEBOOK
ROBOTICS
GAME PLAY
SCHOLARSHIPS
RESEARCH
RESEARCH
ROBOTICS
GAME PLAY
SCHOLARSHIPS
LEARN FROM THEPROS
GAME PLAY
ROBOTICS
Our ideaof creatinga global culture
where science and technology are
celebrated— and the everyday heroeswho arepioneers in these fields are recognized
alongside athletes and rock stars— is nearly aquarter-century old.We envisioned
FIRST
tobe a force for change that would expose youngpeople to the fun and
excitement of science, technology, engineering, andmathematics in the hope that
theywouldbecome the next generationof technology leaders and innovators.
Today, we celebrate how far we have come toward reachingour goal. Over amillion
kids around theworldhavebeen inspiredby our programs, which continue togrow
at an astoundingpace. Each inspiring story that we hear serves as a testament to
the life-changing impact
FIRST
has on somany lives— not just on the kids, but
on the thousands ofMentors, Volunteers, andSponsorswhogive so selflessly to
helpbuildour collectivedream.We celebrate andhumbly thank all of them,
alongwith the teachers, parents, friends, and fanswho contribute
their time and vision tomake
FIRST
run andhelp it grow.We are
indebted to you all.
We also celebrate the growing list of government leaders,
educators, entertainmentmoguls, and corporations large
and small that have embracedour idea and enthusiastically
providedpeople, resources, and influence.
Aswe lookback at how far we have come, we cannot forget
howmuchwork remains tobedone. A significant percentage
of teachers and students have yet todiscover
FIRST,
or have
not had the opportunity toget involved. If we are to reachout
to every childwhodares todreambig, thenwemust work
harder than ever before.
We urge you todowhatever you can— help raise funds,
sponsor a team, become aMentor, commit your company’s
people and resources, volunteer locally, or help spread theword
about
FIRST
. No effort is too small aswework together to inspire
the future innovatorswhowill change theworld.
SHERIMCCOY
Co-Chair, BoardofDirectors
DEANKAMEN
Founder
BOBTUTTLE
Co-Chair, BoardofDirectors
Celebrating
PROGRESS
LEGO
LEGO
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