ColoradoFIRST

The FIRST® robotics program is recognized as one of the "most compelling, creative, and successful" K-12 programs of any genre by educators around the globe. "It's never been about the robots. We don't use kids to build robots. We use robots to build kids." - Dean Kamen, FIRST Founder

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FTC - FIRST Tech Challenge

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Females
Males

Description

FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 members in grades 7-12) design, build, program and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles while realizing the value of hard work, innovation and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages. Teams also raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to college scholarship opportunities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Studies conducted by the national FIRST organization can be found at:

http://coloradofirst.org/COFIRST/impact/

FRC - FIRST Robotics Competition

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

FIRST® Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. To meet a new challenge each year, teams of 10 or more 9-12 grade students hone teamwork skills, design, build, and program a robot during six weeks to perform tasks against a field of competitors, create a team brand," and raise needed funds. Participants use the same tools used by professional engineers while mentors provide their time and talents to help each team succeed. FIRST Robotics Competition is as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. It's a sport where all participants can "Go Pro"!

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Evidence of Program's Success

Studies demonstrating success can be found at:

http://coloradofirst.org/COFIRST/impact/

FIRST Lego League Challenge

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Female Children (5 - 14 years)
Females
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Males

Description

FIRST LEGO League Challenge introduces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to children ages 9-14* through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem-solving experience through a guided, global robotics program, helping today's students and teachers build a better future together. FIRST LEGO League Challenge combines the engineering challenge of a robotics competition with real-world problem solving and inventing. Team members learn science and technology skills and valuable employment and life skills at the same time. The FIRST Core Values are the cornerstones of the program. They are among the fundamental elements that distinguish FIRST LEGO League Challenge from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Studies conducted by the national FIRST organization can be found at:

http://coloradofirst.org/COFIRST/impact/

FIRST Lego League Explore

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Female Children (5 - 14 years)
Females
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Males

Description

FIRST LEGO League Explore is a hands-on program designed to inspire, excite and introduce kids ages 6 to 10 to the wonders of science, technology and engineering in teams of up to six children. This program features a real-world challenge, to be explored through research, critical thinking and imagination. Guided by adult coaches and the FIRST Core Values, team members work with LEGO elements and motorized parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Studies conducted by the national FIRST organization can be found at:

http://coloradofirst.org/COFIRST/impact/

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