FIRST Championship, FIRST Robotics,
Edward Jones Dome
More than 10,000 students from around the globe will travel to St. Louis, Mo., to put their engineering skills to the test at the annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship. U.S. and international FIRST student robotics teams will earn honors for design excellence, competitive play, research, business plans, website design, teamwork and partnerships.
With support from more than 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and over $19 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the:
• FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®, grades 4 to 8, 9 to 14-year-olds in the U.S, Canada, and Mexico; 9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S, Canada, and Mexico);
• FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®, grades 7 to 12, 12 to 18-year-olds); and
• FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®, grades 9 to 12, ages 14 to 18).
• In addition to the high-energy robotics matches, teams of 6 to 9-year- olds will participate in the Junior FIRST® LEGO® League Jr.FLL®, grades K-3), World Festival Expo.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. A non-profit based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering.
FIRST Championship, FIRST Robotics website