FIRST Indiana Robotics (FIN) believes our future is built better together & improving the world starts with our youth. We change the lives of hoosier students through mentorship partnered with hands-on learning, problem solving connected to community engagement, & core values applied in times of intense competition.
Our mission aligns with the global mission of FIRST (an acronym meaning ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology’), to inspire young people in Indiana 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.
Through a progression of team-based robotics challenges and backed by a global network of mentors, coaches, volunteers, alumni, and sponsors, FIRST helps young people discover a passion for STEM and develop the skills they'll need to succeed in today's competitive workforce. Three key programs impact students from Pre-K to 12th grade:
FIRST® LEGO® League teams, for students Pre-K to 8th grade, explore real-world scientific challenges and introduce coding and robot building principles using LEGO® educational materials.
FIRST® Tech Challenge teams, for students 7th to 12th grade, design, build, and code robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by Android technology, and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming.
FIRST® Robotics Competition teams, for students 9th to 12th grade, under strict rules and limited time and resources, teams of high school students are challenged to build industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game in alliance with other teams, while also fundraising to meet their goals, designing a team “brand,” and advancing respect and appreciation for STEM within the local community.
As a STEM-based mentoring program & robotics community, we prepare young people for life. It’s about #MoreThanRobots, it’s about building the people who will change the world.