WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR ALL FIRST® PROGRAMS IN WISCONSIN

K-12 PROGRAMS FOR KIDS

FIRST®

LEGO®
LEAGUE JR.

Captures young curiosity by exploring real-world scientific challenges, learning teamwork, and working with motorized LEGO® element

Grades

K-4

It’s never too early to discover STEM

Through exploratory research, hands-on construction, teamwork, imagination, and fun with LEGO elements, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. challenges teams of up to six kids to explore a real-world scientific concept, then build a motorized model and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey of discovery. Throughout the season, adult coaches provide guidance and inspiration.

FIRST®

LEGO®
LEAGUE

Elementary and middle school-aged students research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own

Grades

4-8

Imaginative thinking and teamwork build tomorrow’s innovators

With adult Coaches to guide them, FIRST® LEGO® League teams (up to 10 members) apply science, engineering, and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solutions to real-world challenges. They also design, build, and program LEGO MINDSTORMS®-based robots to perform autonomous “missions” on a playing field. Along the way, they develop critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills.

FIRST®

TECH
CHALLENGE

Teams of middle and high school-aged students are challenged to design, build, and program a robot to play a floor game against other teams’ creations

Grades

7-12

It’s way more than building robots

Following a sports model, FIRST® Tech Challenge teams (10+ members) design, build, program, and operate robots of their own design to play a floor game in an alliance format. Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.

FIRST®

ROBOTICS
COMPETITION

High school-aged teams compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed

Grades

9-12

The excitement of sport, the rigors of science

High school-aged teams compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed

FIRST®

LEGO®
League Jr

Give your child the opportunity to feed their curiosity about science, develop teamwork skills, and have fun building with LEGO® elements.

Grades

K-4

It’s never too early to discover STEM

FIRST LEGO League Jr. is a fun, creative, skill-building experience for kids that helps them learn the value of teamwork, respect for others, and making new discoveries. As a participant (Grades K-4; ages 6-10), your child will: Design and build a challenge-related model using LEGO® components Create a Show Me Poster and practice presentation skills Explore challenges facing today’s scientists Discover real-world math and science Begin developing teamwork skills Choose to participate in expos and showcases Engage in team activities guided by FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values View our Impact Infographic to see for yourself how immersion in FIRST Programs, even at an early age, can positively impact children throughout their education.

FIRST®

LEGO®
League

Introduce your child to the concept of teamwork to research an engineering challenge, develop a solution, build and program a LEGO® robot, and acquire important life skills.

Grades

4-8

Imaginative thinking and teamwork build tomorrow’s innovators

FIRST LEGO League* is a fun, creative, skill-building experience for kids that helps them learn the value of teamwork, respect for others, and discovering their own strengths. As a participant, your child will: Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology Research challenges facing today’s scientists Apply real-world math and science concepts Learn critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills Participate in tournaments and celebrations Understand and practice FIRST LEGO League Core Values View our Impact Infographic to see for yourself how immersion in FIRST Programs, even at an early age, can positively impact children throughout their education. *Grades 4-8; ages 9-14 (ages vary by country)

FIRST®

TECH
CHALLENGE

Give your teen the opportunity play a “Sport for the Mind™” where they will design, build, and program game-playing robots.

Grades

7-12

It’s way more than building robots

The positive impact of the FIRST Tech Challenge on participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 88% have more interest in school, 90% have more interest in taking a challenging math or science course, and 90% are more interested in attending college. As a participant (Grades 7-12; ages 12-18) your child will: Qualify for over $13.5 million in college scholarships Build on their high school resume with experience that is highly regarded by colleges and universities Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills Master STEM skills Design, build, and program robots Apply real-world math and science concepts View our Impact Infographic to see for yourself how immersion in FIRST Programs, even at an early age, can positively impact children throughout their education.

FIRST®

Robotics
Competition

High-schoolers have the opportunity play a varsity “Sport for the Mind™” where they design, build, and program game-playing robots.

Grades

9-12

Varsity Sport for the Mind.

The positive impact of the FIRST Robotics Competition on participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 88% have more interest in school, 90% have more interest in taking a challenging math or science course, and 90% are more interested in attending college.

A big advantage to participating in FIRST Robotics Competition is gaining access to over $22 million in college scholarships offered by colleges, universities, and corporations who support FIRST.

As a participant (Grades 9-12; ages 14-18), your child will:

Work alongside professional engineers.

Build and compete with a robot of their own design.

Learn and use sophisticated hardware and software.

Develop design, project management, programming, teamwork, and strategic thinking skills.

FIRST®

LEGO®
League Jr

Do you enjoy building with LEGO® parts? Having fun with other kids? Learning about science and technology?

Grades

K-4

Let's go on a science and technology adventure!

You’ll love FIRST® LEGO® League Jr.! Teams of up to six kids* get to research a real-world problem (like food safety, recycling, energy, etc.), and then create a motorized model of what they discovered out of LEGO parts. They must also create a Show MePoster that introduces their team and shows what they learned. Teams get judged at friendly expos and some lucky teams get invited to St. Louis to be part of the World Festival Expo, where kids from all over the world come together to celebrate their hard work. Sound like fun? What are you waiting for? Join or help start a team today!

*Grades K-4; ages 6-10

FIRST®

LEGO®
League

Do you enjoy building with LEGO® parts? Having fun with other kids? Coming up with solutions to real problems?

Grades

4-8

We make science and math the most fun ever!

You’ll love FIRST® LEGO® League! Teams of up to 10 kids* get to research a real-world problem (like food safety, recycling, energy, etc.), and then are challenged to develop a solution using their new knowledge and creative imagination. They also must design, build, and program a working robot using a LEGO MINDSTORMS® kit, then complete “missions” on a table-top playing field. Teams compete against each other at exciting events where they make new friends, show off what they learned and invented, express team spirit, and celebrate! Sound like fun? What are you waiting for? Join or help start a team today!

Grades 4-8; ages 9-14 (ages vary by country)

FIRST®

TECH
CHALLENGE

Are you up for the challenge of designing, building, programming, and operating robots to play a floor game in an alliance format?

Grades

7-12

It’s way more than building robots!

FIRST® Tech Challenge teams (10+ members) 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.

Grades 7-12; ages 12-18

FIRST®

Robotics
Competition

Are you up for the challenge of designing, building, programming, and operating a 120lb. robot to play a field game in an alliance format?

Grades

9-12

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology

We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the MindTM. 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 25 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” 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. Each season ends with regional competitions and an exciting FIRST Championship. As a participant, you’ll have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.

Grades 9-12; ages 14-18

WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR ALL FIRST® PROGRAMS IN WISCONSIN

K-12 PROGRAMS FOR KIDS

Captures young curiosity by exploring real-world scientific challenges, learning teamwork, and working with motorized LEGO® element

Grades

K-4

It’s never too early to discover STEM

Through exploratory research, hands-on construction, teamwork, imagination, and fun with LEGO elements, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. challenges teams of up to six kids to explore a real-world scientific concept, then build a motorized model and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey of discovery. Throughout the season, adult coaches provide guidance and inspiration.

Elementary and middle school-aged students research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own

Grades

4-8

Imaginative thinking and teamwork build tomorrow’s innovators

With adult Coaches to guide them, FIRST® LEGO® League teams (up to 10 members) apply science, engineering, and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solutions to real-world challenges. They also design, build, and program LEGO MINDSTORMS®-based robots to perform autonomous “missions” on a playing field. Along the way, they develop critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills.

Teams of middle and high school-aged students are challenged to design, build, and program a robot to play a floor game against other teams’ creations

Grades

K-4

It’s way more than building robots

Following a sports model, FIRST® Tech Challenge teams (10+ members) design, build, program, and operate robots of their own design to play a floor game in an alliance format. Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.

High school-aged teams compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed

Grades

9-12

The excitement of sport, the rigors of science

High school-aged teams compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed

Give your child the opportunity to feed their curiosity about science, develop teamwork skills, and have fun building with LEGO® elements.

Grades

K-4

It’s never too early to discover STEM

FIRST LEGO League Jr. is a fun, creative, skill-building experience for kids that helps them learn the value of teamwork, respect for others, and making new discoveries. As a participant (Grades K-4; ages 6-10), your child will: Design and build a challenge-related model using LEGO® components Create a Show Me Poster and practice presentation skills Explore challenges facing today’s scientists Discover real-world math and science Begin developing teamwork skills Choose to participate in expos and showcases Engage in team activities guided by FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values View our Impact Infographic to see for yourself how immersion in FIRST Programs, even at an early age, can positively impact children throughout their education.

Introduce your child to the concept of teamwork to research an engineering challenge, develop a solution, build and program a LEGO® robot, and acquire important life skills.

Grades

4-8

Imaginative thinking and teamwork build tomorrow’s innovators

FIRST LEGO League* is a fun, creative, skill-building experience for kids that helps them learn the value of teamwork, respect for others, and discovering their own strengths. As a participant, your child will: Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology Research challenges facing today’s scientists Apply real-world math and science concepts Learn critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills Participate in tournaments and celebrations Understand and practice FIRST LEGO League Core Values View our Impact Infographic to see for yourself how immersion in FIRST Programs, even at an early age, can positively impact children throughout their education. *Grades 4-8; ages 9-14 (ages vary by country)

Give your teen the opportunity play a “Sport for the Mind™” where they will design, build, and program game-playing robots.

Grades

7-12

It’s way more than building robots

The positive impact of the FIRST Tech Challenge on participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 88% have more interest in school, 90% have more interest in taking a challenging math or science course, and 90% are more interested in attending college. As a participant (Grades 7-12; ages 12-18) your child will: Qualify for over $13.5 million in college scholarships Build on their high school resume with experience that is highly regarded by colleges and universities Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills Master STEM skills Design, build, and program robots Apply real-world math and science concepts View our Impact Infographic to see for yourself how immersion in FIRST Programs, even at an early age, can positively impact children throughout their education.

High-schoolers have the opportunity play a varsity “Sport for the Mind™” where they design, build, and program game-playing robots.

Grades

9-12

Varsity Sport for the Mind.

The positive impact of the FIRST Robotics Competition on participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 88% have more interest in school, 90% have more interest in taking a challenging math or science course, and 90% are more interested in attending college.

A big advantage to participating in FIRST Robotics Competition is gaining access to over $22 million in college scholarships offered by colleges, universities, and corporations who support FIRST.

As a participant (Grades 9-12; ages 14-18), your child will:

Work alongside professional engineers.

Build and compete with a robot of their own design.

Learn and use sophisticated hardware and software.

Develop design, project management, programming, teamwork, and strategic thinking skills.

Do you enjoy building with LEGO® parts? Having fun with other kids? Learning about science and technology?

Grades

K-4

Let's go on a science and technology adventure!

You’ll love FIRST® LEGO® League Jr.! Teams of up to six kids* get to research a real-world problem (like food safety, recycling, energy, etc.), and then create a motorized model of what they discovered out of LEGO parts. They must also create a Show MePoster that introduces their team and shows what they learned. Teams get judged at friendly expos and some lucky teams get invited to St. Louis to be part of the World Festival Expo, where kids from all over the world come together to celebrate their hard work. Sound like fun? What are you waiting for? Join or help start a team today!

*Grades K-4; ages 6-10

Do you enjoy building with LEGO® parts? Having fun with other kids? Coming up with solutions to real problems?

Grades

4-8

We make science and math the most fun ever!

You’ll love FIRST® LEGO® League! Teams of up to 10 kids* get to research a real-world problem (like food safety, recycling, energy, etc.), and then are challenged to develop a solution using their new knowledge and creative imagination. They also must design, build, and program a working robot using a LEGO MINDSTORMS® kit, then complete “missions” on a table-top playing field. Teams compete against each other at exciting events where they make new friends, show off what they learned and invented, express team spirit, and celebrate! Sound like fun? What are you waiting for? Join or help start a team today!

Grades 4-8; ages 9-14 (ages vary by country)

Are you up for the challenge of designing, building, programming, and operating robots to play a floor game in an alliance format?

Grades

7-12

It’s way more than building robots!

FIRST® Tech Challenge teams (10+ members) 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.

Grades 7-12; ages 12-18

Are you up for the challenge of designing, building, programming, and operating a 120lb. robot to play a field game in an alliance format?

Grades

9-12

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology

We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the MindTM. 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 25 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” 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. Each season ends with regional competitions and an exciting FIRST Championship. As a participant, you’ll have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.

Grades 9-12; ages 14-18

ABOUT WISCONSIN FIRST®

FIRST ®  (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Karmen in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. This not-for-profit public organization designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while gaining self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST ® consists of four programs – FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition.  The programs vary by age and challenge so that learning never stops building upon itself.  Starting at age 6 and continuing through middle and high-school levels up to age 18, young people can participate at any level. Over 300,000 youth and more than 120,000 Mentors, Coaches, and Volunteers from over 60 countries participate in
FIRST programs each year.

FIRST  LEGO League, Jr. and FIRST  LEGO League  programs are coordinated by the Center for Robotics Education out of Madison, Wisconsin.

Volunteers needed at every level

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