FIRST Robotics – Inspiring Youth in STEM

Dan Green, Executive Director - FIRST Illinois Robotics

Illinois Education Science and Technology

FIRST Robotics works to get youth interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). This is done by holding sports-like robotics competitions consisting of robots built by students. There are 4 age appropriate programs in FIRST – ranging from the 6 – 18 year olds. Younger students build robots using LEGO parts, and older students build larger robots (up to 5 feet tall) using parts they make themselves. The final competition, held in Chicago is at the UIC Pavilion and is free to the public.

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