Community Outreach

What does FIRST mean?

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.

Learn more about values & mission by clicking the link below to the FIRST org website

(hint: Gracious Professionalism® & Coopertition® says it all and are rules to live by!)

What is FIRST Tech Challenge?

"It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 team members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge 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 working as a team.

Teams design and build robots, raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach to earn specific awards. Participants are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships. Each season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship."

>>> see links from FIRST organization for more information

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Outreaches & Mentorship Performed (click to expand or collapse)

Feb '21 > Congressman Sean Casten Zoom Meeting

Jan '21 > Volunteer packing meals at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)

Dec '20 > Built connections in community with virtual meeting with company owners (CEO & Lead Engineer) to learn about their business of building some serious industrial collaborative robots

Dec '20 > Mentor FLL Team and continue to foster involvement in FIRST

Dec '20 > Connected (virtually) with FTC team Stealth Robotics #18255 on discussing what is working/not working this season AND learned about each others design & build process & tools

Nov '20 > Mentor FLL Team and continue to foster involvement in FIRST

Oct '20 > Built connections in community with a tour of a company's operations facilities that uses real autonomous robots to pick/pull product for customer sales

Sep '20 > Connected (virtually) with FTC team Turbo Charge #14615 on discussing what is working/not working this season AND learned about G10 composite material for chasis

Summer > Provided services by 3D printing and delivering personal protection Face Shields and Face Mask Straps to local community first responders in need

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FLL Team Mentoring

FLL Team Competition

Face Shields & Mask Extensions

YMCA After School Program Visits

Newsletter | Volume 3


Link to Launch Newsletter 3 Slides: Newsletter Volume 3
Link to Launch Newsletter 2 Slides: Newsletter Volume 2
Link to Launch Newsletter 1 Slides: Newsletter Volume 1

Fun Fact >>> YMCA After School Program has been an annual favorite of team members as it gives them an opportunity to interact with younger kids, answer questions and drive a robot.