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 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
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.
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.