About FIRST  Robotics

What is FIRST?

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).


Here at Linn-Mar, home of the Iron Lions, we have an FRC team (Team 967) and three FTC teams (Teams 4150, 4324 and 10107).

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.

At both levels the students are able to work with professional engineers, build critical engineering skills, and of course have a great time!


Beyond inspiring and teaching students in the areas of science, technology, and engineering, FIRST pushes both teams and students to exemplify gracious professionalism and cooperation.

Gracious professionalism is, “the way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the values of others, and respects individuals and the community.” To exemplify gracious professionalism, FIRST teams should do their best in both competition and learning, but not put down others, and be kind. “Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.”

“At FIRST, cooperation is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition.” In essence cooperation is being able to maintain respect for others, even under stressful conditions. In addition, cooperation includes being able to both take and give instruction, being willing to assist others, and work well with both mentors and students alike.

For more information visit FIRST’s website