FIRST is an outstanding organization focusing on teaching children the skills and characteristics that are necessary to make them successful in STEM fields. My son has gained programming skills, engineering and technical design skills, research skills, an increased understanding of physics concepts, and core values such as teamwork, perseverance, collaboration and professionalism.
My son has also learned about real world issues as he and his team research the challenges and identify solutions.
FIRST provides many resources that help both coaches and students gain additional skills as we work towards completing challenges and we have found these resources increasing and improving over the past three years that we have been participating in FIRST Lego League.
It's super fun, all of our kids like it!!!! They stop the video game to design the robot, and learn how to work with different students. It's so great.
What can I not say about FIRST. I have three kids and for the past 3 years they have all been involved with FIRST, and my oldest two 4 years before that. I have been very privileged to see my kids grown from JrFLL, to FLL, and now both of my oldest are FTC. Past two years I have even stepped away from just being a parent and coach JrFLL, and this year I am branching out more and coaching two JrFLL teams. My oldest two are so inspired not only do they compete but they also mentor younger teams. I recommend this program to anyone and everyone. Kids learn important skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.
FIRST, specifically the FIRST LEGO League, is the best program I have ever found for kids. I homeschool my kids and it is a perfect fit. The educational opportunities through FIRST are unlimited, both academically and in real life ways that have led to incredible character building. Problem solving in woven throughout the entire program - from their project to the robot to learning to work with the team, and we have visibly seen a difference in our kids from our first year (4 years ago) to the present. I cannot express how appreciative I have been for this program.
As for my own son, FIRST has given him a place to express his creativity and his extreme drive for learning. It has given him a community and a place to 'fit'. If you were to ask him who his heroes are, he would tell you that those he looks up to are his peers; it is the kids on other teams that have left such a deep impression on him throughout the years. He follows other FLL teams, like some kids follow sports, and they have inspired and driven him to create more and think deeper. There are not words to adequately describe this programs impact on his life and his development. I wish there were. I could never say Thank You enough.
A very cool program that gets kids learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) under the guise of building robots, friendly competition, and gracious professionalism.
Incredible program for kids and youth! I have volunteered as a Judge and as a coach. Very well planned and organized.
I participated in FIRST programs throughout school, and am now a mentor for an FRC team. I had and continue to have a lot of fun, and I learned a lot of really valuable things. The main overarching concept I learned was what working as an engineer (of any kind) means. School (even college to a large extent) really doesn't involve much engineering. To me, this means solving open-ended problems with complex constraints as a team. I enjoy doing this, and FIRST helped me see how a job in engineering is a good fit for me. As a volunteer mentor, I enjoy working with high school students to help them discover what this means too. I think actual experience is by far the best way to decide whether you want to study engineering in college and beyond, and have some idea which area you want to learn more about.
Unlike school, FIRST's programs help participants learn "why" (why are we doing this? why aren't we doing that? why are we doing this now? why are we doing it this way? why is that important?). If you want to really understand something, that's the most important thing to know, and FIRST is good at designing programs which encourage students to figure that out, both on their own and with help from experienced adults.
Incredible! I've been hooked ever since I first heard of it. When I grew out of competing I started mentoring because I truly believe in their vision and I want to do my part to see this program reach as many people as possible
Both of my sons participated in FIRST Robotics and it truly was a transformative experience. They had hands-on opportunities to explore and build, and to compete in the most positive way. What's really special about FIRST, though, is the outreach to kids who would not otherwise have a chance to build a robot or be on a team or travel to a competition. FIRST opens their eyes to the possibility of a career in STEM, and the experience of being on a team builds skills and confidence that make such a career possible. I now volunteer for FIRST so I can give back and make it possible for other people's children to have this same opportunity.
FIRST is life changing and a great learning experience for students and mentors. Opens doors you never even thought were an option.
fIRST is a great mentoring and learning opportunity. Highly recommend it for students and anyone else who want to learn technical or human interaction skills...
FIRST is much more than robots. It is a life changing experience for students as well as adult volunteers, coaches, and mentors. FIRST programs offer something for every grade, K-12 and not necessary all related to science or technology. It is important to FIRST for the students to become well-rounded individuals in whatever they do.
FIRST changed my life. I was a quiet, shy girl in class... until I joined my robotics team in high school. Then, I led the revolution of STEM in the lives of my peers and community around me. FIRST has become such a passion of mine that I volunteer regularly, and help organize the volunteers in the state of Washington. I can't recommend these programs enough, for students, parents, teachers, members of industry who can mentor young minds, and anyone with the time and ability to volunteer! I have loved the nearly 10 years I have been involved with this organization.
This nonprofit's programs help to fill the gap of global technology education and prepares student for real-life work experiences. It really is a program that gives students the opportunity to go pro in a wide range of careers.
Helped mentor an First Tech Challenge team 5942 and a FIRST Lego League team 1323.
The group has the best programs for all ages, no way to recommend enough
The challenges are exceptional as teams help each other succeed, nothing like other competitions, everyone shares their ideas
All aspects are wonderful
FIRST Robotics has forever changed my life. I have found my passion. I have never found somewhere I have been this happy. It is by far one of the most phenomenal experience any person can have, no matter how old!