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.

Tournament Information

The 2020 FLL and FTC tournaments at Montana State University will be held January 17-18, 2020.  For detailed schedules of the events, see the tournament pages for FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge.


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A Great Big Thanks Goes Out to Our 2019 FLL and FTC

Tournament Sponsors

MSU's Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering

MSU Office of the President

Advanced Electronic Design

Ascent Vision Inc.

Boothill Inn and Suites, Billings

EPC Services Company

Gianforte Family Foundation

Carroll College

Montana Tech



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