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
Volunteers power FIRST, impacting more than 400,000 young people around the world each year. Whatever your expertise, FIRST has a volunteer opportunity for you. FIRST makes it easy to become a volunteer. A huge community of like-minded adults is ready and willing to help you find a volunteer spot that's just right for your interest and skill level. When we say that 'FIRST changes lives,' we don't just mean the kids. FIRST can change your life too. People who volunteer for FIRST as coaches and mentors have many different reasons for getting involved, but almost all of them agree that they get back more than they give.
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.