Grades PreK - 1

This playful introductory STEM program ignites their natural curiosity and builds their habits of learning with hands-on activities in the classroom and at home using LEGO® Duplo bricks.

Grades 2 - 4

Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children ages 6-10, students work with LEGO elements and moving parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review.

Grades 4 - 8

Introduces young people, ages 9 to 14 to the fun and excitement of science and technology while building self-confidence, knowledge, and valuable employment and life skills.

Grades 7 - 12

A widely-accessible robotics program designed to inspire students to explore and pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in grades 7 through 12.

Grades 9 - 12

A unique varsity Sport for the MindTM designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the lives of engineers and scientists can be.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people\'s interest and participation in science and technology.  Based in Manchester, NH, this not-for-profit public organization designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while gaining self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

The founder, Dean Kamen, is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology.  His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST.  Over 300,000 youth and more than 120,000 Mentors, Coaches, and Volunteers from over 60 countries participated in the 2013-2014 FIRST season.

FIRST's Progression of Programs consists of four programs - FIRST LEGO League Jr (FLL Jr), FIRST LEGO League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).  The programs vary by age and challenge so that learning never stops building upon itself.  Starting at age 6 and continuing through middle and high-school levels up to age 18, young people can participate at any level.

FIRST Illinois is a subset of FIRST Robotics that handles the various FIRST events and opportunities in Illinois.