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FIRST Robotics Programs

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Programs


Each year, FIRST LEGO League Jr. presents a new and exciting Challenge to ignite the creativity of young children. While exploring the real-world theme, teams will learn about simple machines as they build a model made of LEGO® elements with a motorized part. They will also learn to present information through a Show Me Poster. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under a signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.


Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field. It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem.

FIRST Tech Challenge

FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles.

FIRST Robotics Competition

The varsity Sport for the MindTM, FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

Volunteers make up 99.9% of the FIRST workforce. Whether you have a weekend to help, want to mentor or start a team, or have technical or non-technical expertise, there is a volunteer role suited to your unique interest. Click the button below for more information about FIRST programs, volunteer opportunities, and more!

About Us

We Are FIRST Louisiana-Mississippi
Serving the Youth of Louisiana & Mississippi through FIRST®

About Us - FIRST® Louisiana-Mississippi was formed to support FIRST teams, and to grow FIRST programs throughout the Louisiana-Mississippi region. Based in New Orleans, LA, this 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity provides financial & logistical support for FIRST Teams and Events, as well as acting as a conduit between teams and corporate entities who are interested in supporting teams financially, or through in-kind donations or mentorships.
About FIRST - FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

  • Increased School Engagement

    87% of FIRST participants are more interested in doing well in school.

  • Increased College Interest

    89% of FIRST participants reported being more interested in going to college.

  • Choosing a STEM Major

    41% of FIRST participants major in Engineering, including 33% of women.

  • 21st Century Work/Life Skills

    98% of FIRST gain improved problem solving skills, 95% increase time management skills and 93% increase conflict resolution skills.

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FIRST Louisiana-Mississippi is Made Possible by the Generous Gifts of these Corporate Partners
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Presenting Sponsor
FRC Bayou Regional
Entergy supports STEM education initiatives by provided funding & volunteer support for student robotics programs, a $1 million dollar pledge to the LSU College of Engineering, and as the Presenting Sponsor of our own FRC Bayou Regional.
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