About first

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. FIRST's tagline — "More than Robots" — highlights the mission of inspiring young people by engaging them in exciting programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster life skills including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. To learn more about FIRST, visit the official website.

Everybody has to be able to participate in a future that they want to live for. That’s what technology can do.
— Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST


We participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Each January, every FRC team worldwide gets a new challenge -- we then have six weeks to build a 120 pound robot that can execute the various tasks needed to score as many points as possible, while competing against other teams. We compete with our robot at regional competitions in March and early April, and have the opportunity to advance to championships at the end of April. Our team reflects FIRST's values by spreading STEM throughout the community and mentoring other teams.

Space Cookies team up at a competition

First Robotics COmpetition

We are FRC  Team 1868. Every year we design, build, and program a robot to compete with. We also mentor FRC teams 5871, 5940, and 6036.

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A boy roots for his team at the 2015 FLL Tournament held at NASA

First lego League

Our team mentors and funds seven FLL teams. We host two FLL tournaments each year, staffed entirely by Space Cookies and their families. Mentoring FLL teams gives us the opportunity to teach kids about research, robotics, and FIRST's core values.

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