Starting a Team
Interested in starting a team in your area?
Then contact us! Our supportive group of students are qualified to mentor any team, anywhere, in any FIRST program. All our mentoring and information is free, like it should be.
Distance has never posed itself as a problem; we offer help via email, phone, Skype, Instant Messaging or any other preferred mode of communication.
Which one is right for you?
FIRST Lego League Junior (FLLJr) — (ages 6-9)
JFLL is a robotics program designed to engage younger children. It was created to challenge curious young minds into developing critical thinking, research, and basic design skills through real-world challenges and presentations on issues the world faces today. They will create moving Lego elements to solve problems, with guidance from adult JFLL coaches.
FIRST Lego League (FLL) — (ages 9-14)
FLL is an extracurricular robotics program designed to teach students ages 9 through 14 about the basics of mechanical design, programming, and public speaking.
All FLL robots are made of standard Lego blocks and are built to complete a set of tasks autonomously. While working with adult and high school mentors, FLL members learn to brainstorm, build, and collaborate as a team.
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) — ( Grades 9-12)
FTC is the link between FLL and FRC. Also an extracurricular program, this challenge provides students with a more sophisticated kit of parts than the FLL kit. An erector set including servo motors and plastic gears is provided to each registered FTC team. These robots are generally much bigger than Lego robots and are human-driven via radio control, as being autonomously operated.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) — (Grades 9-12)
FRC is FIRST‘s uppermost division, where high school students build robots that are both human operated and autonomously controlled in just six short weeks. These robot are typically five feet tall, weigh 120 pounds, and can be built with nearly any material. FRC teams are usually quite large, so in addition to learning technical skills, students can learn how to lead a team. Also, requiring a higher budget than FTC, FRC gives students the opportunity to learn fundraising skills and present to corporations to potentially gain sponsors.