FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a robotics program for 9 to 14-year-olds which gets them excited about science, technology, and innovation, while teaching them valuable employment and life skills. Holston IT has sponsored teams in this competition for over 6 years, and we invite other businesses to join us in supporting this fun, educational program.

Below are a few highlights of last year’s season as well as information about starting a team now.

These pictures show the kids working and smiling on the robot competition mat with their robot.

The robot must complete certain missions to gain points.  A sample mission is “pick up this Lego piece and move it from point A to point B.”

Our 2018 team, Rocket League!

The robot can be programmed to use the black lines on the mat as a guide.

Besides programming robots, teams research a real-world problem, create a solution, and present their ideas to a panel of judges.

New Teams are Forming Now!

Any group of 2-10 kids, ages 9-14, can form a team.  Local competitions are in November and December in Abingdon, Kingsport, and Jonesborough.

For information on how to start a team, email alison@holstonit.com or check out holstonit.com/lego.