FIRST Robotics Programs
FIRST LEGO League Jr.
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®.
FIRST LEGO League
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.
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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We are happy to announce that we have two new FIRST Senior Mentors in our region! For those of you that are unfamiliar with the role, the goals of every FIRST Senior Mentor include: Recruiting students Building partnerships, assist with sponsorship/grant opportunities, and securing resources Providing support/training to teams Recruiting and support Coach/Mentors Recruiting Volunteers[…]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2016 Contact: Carolyn Arthurs – Regional Director Email: carthurs@FIRSTInspires.org Future of Industry Award 2016 WHAT IS THE DOW FUTURE OF INDUSTRY AWARD? The FIRST Robotics Competition is the ideal pathway between students interested in STEM and workforce development. The robots that your teams build and the lessons you[…]
Baton Rouge, LA – January 23, 2016 – The Jesuit Robotics Team #6448 won the highest honors – first in competition and the Inspire Award – in First Tech Challenge (FTC) Louisiana State Championship and will advance to the Southeast Texas Regionals to be held in Pasadena, Tx. on February 6, 2016. This marks the fourth[…]
Special thanks to Entergy Louisiana, a long time Bayou Regional supporter for producing this amazing promotional video.