FIRST is a not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math. The annual programs culminate in an international robotics competition and celebration where teams win recognition, gain self confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends, and perhaps discover an unforeseen career path. In Nebraska, FIRST robotics programs are organized by Nebraska 4-H.
Captures young curiosity by exploring real-world scientific challenges, learning teamwork, and working with motorized LEGO® elements
Elementary and middle school-aged students research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robotics of their own design
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
The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. For more information, please visit the FIRST website.