Programming a Robot for F.I.R.S.T.

Introduce students to robotics and develop teamwork, problem solving skills, public speaking, and STEM interests

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These programs are high-energy with a proven long-term impact for youth, and an equally exhilarating impact on the volunteers. There are many options for involvement across FIRST’s many programs.


  • Ages 6-10 (Primary/elementary students)
  • Ages 11-14 (Middle grade students)
  • Ages 14-19 (Secondary/high school students)

What’s the goal of this kit?

  • Age-appropriate programs for students of all ages to help them gain skills and confidence in programming at various levels.
  • Volunteers who share in the excitement of seeing kids excel, and are awed by the things these youth have achieved.

Why is this topic important?

  • Students learn teamwork, problem solving, public speaking, STEM and more while having a blast! All are life skills they will find useful as they take on future challenges.

What do I need to know about this activity?

FIRST programs need people with a wide array of skills and interests. This kit contains overviews of many different roles that need someone like you! Among the possible options, you can:

  • Work with groups of students from 6 to 18 years old.
  • Volunteer for a one-day event, or stay involved for an entire season.
  • Work with adults to plan, set up, or pack up.
  • Assist with fundraising, communication, or other logistics.
  • The time commitment depends upon the role you select. You can feel free to change roles in the future. All it takes is your willingness to help!
  • IBMers can apply volunteering hours to their THINK40 total.

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Languages available:

  • English
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Spanish (L.A.)

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