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The excitement of sport, the rigors of science
Under strict rules, limited resources, and the guidance of volunteer mentors including engineers, teachers, business professionals, parents, alumni, and more, teams of 25+ students build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors. They must also raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and perform community outreach. In addition to learning valuable STEM and life skills, participants are eligible to apply for $80 million in college scholarships.
Grades 9-12; ages 14-18
Welcome to FIRST® Washington
FIRST Washington supports and engages today's tech-native youth with a league of their own, inspiring them to build on their passions and preparing them to be the STEM leaders of tomorrow.
Creating. Theorizing. Tinkering. Testing. Expanding their worlds. Getting their hands dirty.
FIRST Washington ignites youthful minds through education, hard work, mentorship, and healthy competition.
Just as important, participants are integrated into a fun, team-based learning environment created to encourage their interests, teach the benefits of collaboration, boost self-confidence - and illuminate the exciting world of STEM study and careers.
At FIRST Washington, we sum it up this way:
What's going to be happening next in STEM is happening here.
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