Saturday, April 2, 2016 @9am

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John Kraljic and Amelia Ring
Robotics Team

FIRST—quite simply—wants to change the world, and they have a plan for doing it. FIRST doesn’t just talk to students about why they should want to major in science and engineering-related fields. It shows them through fun, hands-on learning experiences side-by-side with professional mentors.

Currently, FIRST has four programs for school age students: Junior FIRST Lego League (JFLL), FIRST Lego League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), of which FIRST Team 172 is a part. In 2009, the four FIRST programs involved 196,000 students age 6-18 making 16,374 robots.

FIRST starts young. Kids ages six to nine can participate in the Junior FIRST Lego League, the youngest program in which kids can compete. In this program, students research an assigned real-world topic, like climate change, nanotechnology, or biomedical engineering.