BUILDING KIDS! BUILDING COMMUNITY! BUILDING A LEGACY!
a PARTNERSHIP WITH West Ottawa Public Schools and many wonderful Sponsors
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders." Dean Kamen, Founder
FIRST is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Founded more than 20 years ago by inventor Dean Kamen, the annual programs culminate in an international robotics competition and celebration where teams win recognition, gain self-confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends, and perhaps discover an unforeseen career path.
FIRST Vision, Mission, and Impact
Our vision is to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.
Our Mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor - based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Our Impact FIRST participants are significantly more likely to attend college, twice as likely to go on to major in science and engineering, and three times as likely to major specifically in engineering.
Find more infornation at www.firstinspires.org
The FIRST spirit encourages doing high-quality, well-informed work in a manner that leaves everyone feeling valued. Gracious Professionalism seems to be a good descriptor for part of the ethos of FIRST. It is part of what makes FIRST different and wonderful.
-Dr. Woodie Flowers, National Advisor for FIRST
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE JR.
Captures young curiosity by exploring real-world scientific challenges, learning teamwork, and working with motorized LEGO® elements. Through exploratory research, hands-on construction, teamwork, imagination, and fun with LEGO elements, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. challenges teams of up to six kids to explore a real-world scientific concept, then build a motorized model and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey of discovery. Throughout the season, adult coaches provide guidance and inspiration.
Grades K-4; ages 6-10
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
Elementary and middle school-aged students research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design. With adult Coaches to guide them, FIRST® LEGO® League teams (up to 10 members) apply science, engineering, and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solutions to real-world challenges. They also design, build, and program LEGO MINDSTORMS®-based robots to perform autonomous “missions” on a playing field. Along the way, they develop critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills.
Grades 4-8; ages 9-14 (ages vary by country)
FIRST TECH CHALLENGE
Teams of middle and high school-aged students are challenged to design, build, and program a robot to play a floor game against other teams’ creations. Following a sports model, FIRST® Tech Challenge teams (10+ members) design, build, program, and operate robots of their own design to play a floor game 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 sharing ideas. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.
WOBOT coaches, mentors, and sponsors FTC teams #6070 Warriors and #11728 Wizards. We provide a meeting location, financial assistance, supplies, tools, and technical expertise. We focus on grade levels 6-8 for our FTC program.
Grades 7-12; ages 12-18
FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION
High school-aged teams compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed. Under strict rules, limited resources, and the guidance of volunteer mentors including engineers, teachers, business professionals, parents, alumni and more, teams of 25+ students have just six weeks to build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors. They must also raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and perform community outreach. In addition to learning valuable STEM and life skills, participants are eligible to apply for $25+ million in college scholarships.
WOBOT competes as part of FRC. (Rookie Season: 1995)
Grades 9-12; ages 14-18