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. 

Tournament Information

The 2024 FLL tournaments will be:

  • Qualifying Tournament in Billings, Helena, or Missoula - Jan 20, 2024

  • Championship at MSU - Feb 3, 2024 

Championship Event will be live streamed! Click link to watch on YouTube

FIRST Registration

If you have not yet registered your team through FIRST, please be sure to do so.

Teams will sign up for tournaments separately from the FIRST registration and participate in one Qualifying Tournament choosing from Billings, Helena, or Missoula. Top teams then advance to the Championship Tournament hosted at the MSU campus.

2024 Challenge

Have a look at this year's MASTERPIECE challenge video!

Montana FLL Facebook

Did you Know?! Montana FLL has a Facebook page. Follow along for updates or to connect with other teams.


A Great Big Thanks Goes Out to Our 2022-23 FLL and FTC

Tournament Sponsors

MSU's Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering

MSU Office of the President

MSU Office of the Provost

Advanced Electronic Design

Gianforte Family Foundation

Carroll College

Montana Tech

Baker Memorial

Montana Learning Center

Valley Bank

Montana Credit Union Network