FIRST For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
Since 2002, Team 766 has participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), a high school robotics competition run by FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). FIRST is a non-profit organization which promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education through various robotics competitions it runs.
Jr. FLL Junior FIRST Lego League (6 - 9 years old)
Jr. FLL is a non-competitive aimed at students in early elementary school (Kindergarten through 2nd grade). The program is unstructured and community oriented, giving participants flexibility in solving the challenge they are given.
FLL FIRST Lego League (9 - 14 years old)
FIRST Lego League is more competitive and structured version of Jr. FLL aimed at students from elementary and middle school. Each year, students are given a challenge based on theme which differs from year to year, which they must solve with Lego robots.
FTC FIRST Tech Challenge (12+ years old)
FIRST Tech challenge is a robotics competition for students in middle and high school. Essentially a lower cost version of FRC, FTC students must build a roughly 6”x6” robot which must fulfill a certain yearly challenge.
FRC FIRST Robotics Competition (14+ years old)
FIRST Robotics Competition is the biggest and most involved of FIRST’s various competitions, with 2700 teams, and hundreds of thousands of students and mentors working together to build 120lb cart sized robots. Students have 6 weeks to build their robots, after which they must compete in competitions across the globe. The winders of each regional gets to go to Championships, which are held yearly in St. Louis.