FIRST Robotics Competition

Student-built robots competing at the Boston FIRST Regional Robotics Competition.

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition helps students experience how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be. The competition challenges teams to solve a common problem in a six-week time frame using a standard "kit of parts" to build a unique, high-tech robot, which competes against other robots in performing a specific goal.

FIRST offers several robotic challenges, geared for different age groups. FIRST Lego League is a robot-building contest for 9-14 year olds using Lego Mindstorms robots, while FIRST Tech Challenge engages high-school students in mid-scale robotics using an accessible and affordable kit of parts. Lincoln Laboratory began hosting its own robotics teams in 2008 through Robotics Outreach at Lincoln Laboratory (ROLL).

The Laboratory coaches several teams and mentors other teams from local schools. Learn more about the levels of competition offered for different age groups on FIRST's Family of Programs page.

Lincoln Laboratory is a sponsor of the Boston FIRST Regional Robotics Competition. The Boston competition is one of 41 regional events leading to the national and world championships.

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FIRST inspires future scientists to solve real-world challenges with research and imagination. Fierce competition coupled with the core values of kindness, respect, and gracious professionalism are emphasized throughout planning, practicing, and competing.



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