About Linn-Mar Robotics

Linn-Mar Robotics is a group of over 80 students and mentors who build, design, and program robots to compete in FIRST competitions. We also work outside of the competitions to build interest in science, technology, and engineering.

FIRST is “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” This national nonprofit organization was founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen and MIT professor Woodie Flowers in 1989 to inspire young peoples’ interest and participation in science and technology. The FIRST Vision is “To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”

FIRST organizes several levels of competition, including FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and FIRST Lego League (FLL). In FRC, two alliances of three 120 lb robots compete on a 54′x27′ field. A new game is revealed each year, and teams get only six weeks to design and build a robot to meet the new challenges. FTC is a similar competition with alliances of two 18″x18″x18″ robots and a 12′x12′ field.

Linn-Mar Robotics has fielded an FRC team since the 2002 season, and we have competed in FTC since the 2011-2012 season. We have also mentored FLL and FTC teams. Through the history of our team, we have won many awards. Many of our students go on to major in engineering and other technical fields. Our team is indebted to the parents, mentors, volunteers, and sponsors that help us successfully carry out our mission.