We compete in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). FIRST is a global organization that inspires youth to become leaders of the future. We compete in the FIRST Illinois Robotics in the Northeast Lake League .

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 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 website.

Gracious Professionalism®  & Coopertition®  say it all! They sum up the mission of FIRST!

About 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 scholarshipsEach season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship."