FIRST is the parent foundation of the Marquette area robotics teams.
It is an international youth organization that specializes in hands-on learning and research.
Founded in 1989 and based in Manchester, NH; FIRST reaches 59,000 teams around the world with a goal to foster STEAM interest in young people. Participation in FIRST prepares students for more successful futures both through the skills they learn as well as through the FIRST Scholarship Program.
FIRST is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills. Kids often come in not knowing what to expect - of the program nor of themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, and with a sense that they can create their own future.
- Dean Kamen, FIRST Founder
FIM, The Michigan branch of FIRST is a volunteer based organization that is spread over 16 districts throughout Michigan.
The mission of FIM is to establish a sustainable FIRST Robotics Competition team at every High School in Michigan, in which to help foster early interest in FIRST Robotics Competition through the Junior FIRST LEGO League in early elementary schools, FIRST LEGO League in late elementary to early middle schools, and FIRST Tech Challenge in Late middle school.
The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, 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.>
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.
Gracious Professionalism, a term coined by FIRST Advisor Dr. Woodie Flowers, is a way of carrying oneself with good sportsmanship and a winning attitude.
It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.
- Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST Advisor
Coopertition is a combination of Cooperation and Competition. During a FIRST Robotics Competition, teams will work both with and against each other. Teams will help each other in the pits by assisting with repairs and suggesting improvements. Teams cheer for each other, win or lose.
FIRST Scholarship Program
There is more than $80 Million available in college scholarships for FIRST participants and alumni.
This includes full rides for dozens of schools and almost any major from two-hundred different providers.
Much of the scholarship money goes unused each year, so remember to apply, apply, apply!
Who can apply for FIRST Scholarships?
Any high school student who has participated in FIRST Robotics.
The only varsity sport where every participant can go pro!
The FRC is the high school-level Sport of the Mind. Teams build robots during a six-week build period then compete in two alliances of three teams each on basketball court-sized fields. FRC, as well as all other levels of FIRST robotics, is all-inclusive, all skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical.
Team 3617 Cold Logic
Cold Logic is the Marquette-area, high school-level, FRC team including students from Marquette Area Public Schools, Marquette home schools, and North Star Academy.
Students who are a part of Team Cold Logic gain confidence in themselves, their skills, and their ability to learn from failure. We aim for students to create lasting friendships and networks not only on their own team, but with members of other teams, as well as members of our community.
The FTC is the middle school-level robotics division. Teams of roughly ten students are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in head-to-head matches with their alliance partners.
Team 10040 Robotic Narhwals
The Robotic Narwhals are a FIRST Tech. Challenge team based at Bothwell Middle School. The team has been active in Marquette for 3 years.
The skills learned in practice go beyond programming and engineering. Narwhals learn teamwork, responsibility, and problem solving abilities. Each person on the team has a job and purpose.
-Stephen Luty, Narwhals' Head Mentor
The Robogators are a middle school robotics team competing in the FIRST Tech. Challenge (FTC) along with 5,000+ other teams from around the world.
Students are challenged to design, build, and program a robot capable of completing specific task and working alongside another robot. Students learn engineering, programming, team work, and gracious professionalism.
Tomorrow's innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork
FLL is the elementary-level robotics program covering grades 4th-8th. JR. FLL is for students in grades K-3. Each year students in both programs are given a world-wide problem (such as the clean water crisis, recycling, clean energy, etc.) and are then tasked with creating a possible solution to the problem. FLL teams then create a robot using a LEGO Mindstorm that will compete on a table-top playing field.