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, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
FIRST LEGO League teams, composed of students grades 4-8, spend weeks building and programming robots made from Lego kits, and compete by performing "missions" on pool table-sized playing fields. FIRST Tech Challenge contestants, from grades 7-12, compete with more complex robots in a larger arena.
The Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering at Montana State University has coordinated and hosted the FIRST tournaments since 2007. The Montana Space Grant Consortium hosted the Montana State Tournament in 2006.
The 2021 FLL tournaments will be held Saturday February 27, 2021. At this time we are planning for a virtual tournament experience. As more details become known we will post them on this website.
A Great Big Thanks Goes Out to Our 2020 FLL and FTC
MSU's Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering
MSU Office of the President
MSU Office of the Provost
Town and Country
EPC Services Company
Gianforte Family Foundation