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Aqua Adventure<span style="font-size:50%;vertical-align:super;">SM</span> Registration is Open!

Get pumped for the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. 2017/2018 season. In the AQUA ADVENTURESM Challenge, more than 40,000 children will navigate the uncharted waters of this important resource. Find out where the water you use in your daily life comes from and what happens on its way to you. Where will this current voyage take […]

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<i>FIRST</i> Celebrates Next Generation of World-Class Problem Solvers at Class Festival of Champions

FIRST celebrated middle and high school students from around the world who have received the highest honors during its most recent FIRST season at the 2017 FIRST Class Festival of Champions in Manchester, N.H., on Saturday, July 29. The Festival included a robotics event at SNHU Arena in Manchester, the same city where FIRST held […]

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<i>FIRST</i> Announces John Deere as Strategic Partner

FIRST announced John Deere is now a strategic partner that has significantly expanded its support of the organization over the last five years, and joins more than 20 companies in the top-tier level for sponsorship. John Deere’s support began for the 2011-12 season when it sponsored 45 teams in the U.S. and expanded its support […]

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The 2017 FIRST Championship Brings Double the Fun

More than 60,000 people attended the 2017 FIRST Championship presented by Qualcomm Inc., held for the first time across two cities. Combined, FIRST Championship Houston (April 19-22) and FIRST Championship St. Louis (April 26-29) brought together 30,000 students on 1,400 teams from 62 countries, plus 6,000 mentors/coaches/adult supporters and 2,400 volunteers, among other special guests—and […]

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FIRST Student Innovator Presents TED Talk on Success and Failure

When Ashton Cofer, 14, stood on the TED stage at TED-Ed Weekend in December 2016 and delivered a TED Talk to a live audience, with cameras rolling, the accomplished innovator shared a lesson he learned from nearly a decade of watching and performing in FIRST LEGO League: “You can’t have success without failure.” Ashton’s inspiring […]

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Details of <i>FIRST</i> STEAMWORKS<span style="font-size:50%; vertical-align:super;">SM</span> 2017 Robotics Game Revealed

Inventor and FIRST® Founder Dean Kamen launched the 2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition season on January 7 with the Kickoff of a new robotics game called FIRST STEAMWORKSSM before a crowd of more than 1,000 people, including Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., hometown of […]

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<i>FIRST</i> Celebrates Championship Event’s 2018 Arrival in Detroit

FIRST rallied support for STEM education in Detroit on January 12 through an event at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Gov. Rick Snyder and Ken Morris, vice president of product integrity at General Motors, welcomed FIRST Founder Dean Kamen to Detroit; FIRST will bring its Championship event to the city in 2018 and […]

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<i>FIRST</i> Students Offer Helping Hands – Literally – to Those in Need

Most eighth grade students spend their lunch breaks eating a sandwich or snacking on a burrito. However, FIRST Tech Challenge Team 6914 “Charging Chaos” and FIRST Tech Challenge Team 8823 “Mariner Mayhem” from St. Francis, Wis., decided to do something a bit more altruistic with their time off: build prosthetic hands for several youngsters around […]

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<i>FIRST</i> STRONGHOLD Revealed Amid Much Fanfare

The 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition game FIRST STRONGHOLDSM was launched on January 9 to a crowd of more than 1,000 people at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., hometown of FIRST headquarters—where Senator for New Hampshire Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and New Hampshire Governor Margaret Hassan (D-N.H.) encouraged students to become the next generation of […]

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New Strategic Alliances

FIRST announced new alliance collaborations with three organizations: Alpha Omega Epsilon, Electronics Component Industry (ECIA) Association, and Sigma Phi Delta. These new alliances will join FIRST to advocate and promote career opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in grades K-12 and higher education; build on existing STEM-related programs; and seek ways to engage […]

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<i>FIRST</i> Announces Scholarship Program Milestone

$25 Million Available to High School Students; Nearly 200 Providers Offer College Scholarship Opportunities to FIRST Alumni FIRST® announced a milestone in its 20-year-old scholarship program: In 2016, $25 million in college scholarship opportunities will be made available to nearly 200 providers to FIRST alumni. The scholarship program connects FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics […]

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Robotics: The Only High School Sport Where Every Kid Can Go Pro

FIRST® Builds Momentum for Robotics as Official Extracurricular Sports Activity; Texas Joins Growing List of States to Sanction Robotics Program as Official Sport FIRST® announced a major step forward in the movement to sanction robotics as an official extracurricular sports activity in high schools across the country. This announcement coincides with the launch of a […]

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2015 <i>FIRST</i> Championship

Students Bring their Custom-Built Robots and Team Spirit to the Largest Sport for the Mind™ Showdown More than 18,000 students (ages 6 to 18) from around the globe traveled to St. Louis, Mo., from April 22-25, 2015 and put their engineering skills to the test at the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science […]

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“Queens for a Day” – Junior <i>FIRST</i> LEGO League Team Welcomed at White House

Eight-year-old Natalie Hurley joined Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) to “build with LEGO” and “meet cool people.” What she got was so much more. Last May, as a second-grader, she and her fellow “LEGO Queens” of Junior FIRST LEGO League Team 248 embarked on an amazing adventure. Natalie and her teammates—Avery Dodson, Miriam Schaffer, Amber […]

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<i>FIRST®</i> RECYCLE RUSH<sup>SM</sup> 2015 Robotics Game Unveiled

Inventor and FIRST® Founder Dean Kamen launched the 2015 FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) season with the kickoff of a new robotics game called RECYCLE RUSHSM before a crowd of more than 800 people at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., hometown of FIRST headquarters. Nearly 75,000 high school students on approximately 3,000 teams at […]

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