The For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) will host two Championship events on subsequent weekends, celebrating its programs at two events, one event in Houston, USA, on April 19-22, followed by a second event on April 26-29, in St. Louis, USA.
FIRST is the oldest and largest student robotics program in the world; more than 25 years ago, FIRST became a game changer in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) world. For years, FIRST teams have celebrated engineering and technology at the FIRST Championship. This year, more than 50 countries are joining at the FIRST Championship.
Elementary and middle school kids will share what they’ve discovered about animal habitats and their solutions for improving human-animal interactions, which they’ve developed through FIRST LEGO League Jr. and FIRST LEGO League Challenges. Middle school and high school students will compete in Alliances with their team-designed robots on through FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition.
Founded in 1989 and based in Manchester, USA, FIRST operates as a non-profit public charity corporation. It encourages qualified teams, usually affiliated with schools or other youth organizations, to participate in its competitions. It aims to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology, and to motivate them to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM fields.