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FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

FRC is a FIRST competition for high-school students that challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Most teams are made up of students from at least one high school, with money from at least one sponsor, and at least one technical mentor, but many teams have involved students from more than one high school, and have many sponsors and mentors. Also, many teams are fortunate enough to have a college or university as part of their mentoring system.* For more information, go to the FIRST Start a Team page.

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FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

FTC is a mid-level robotics competition for high-school students designed to reach more young people with a lower-cost, more accesible opportunity to discover the excitement and rewards of science, technology, and engineering.*

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FIRST Lego League (FLL)

FLL is an international FIRST program for students from 9 to 14 years-old in which students use engineering concepts to build an autonomous LEGO MINDSTORMS robot designed to complete a Challenge based on current, real-world issues. An FLL team consists of 3 to 10 students, an adult coach, and may have one or more mentors.*

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Junior FIRST Lego League (JFLL)

JFLL is a FIRST program for 6 to 9 year-old children introducing basic design and research skills. It sparks initial interest in science and technology and introduces basic design skills through a hands-on approach with the familiarity and fun of LEGO building. A JFLL team consists of up to six students and an adult coach.*

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