FIRST Tech Challenge is a robotics program in which students learn skills such as technology, science, teamwork, and leadership. Students build a robot to solve tasks on a field. At competition, they are randomly paired with another team that they must work together with, which must be taken into consideration when designing the robot.
FIRST Lego League is a robotics program designed to teach children skills in science, technology, and teamwork. Students build a robot out of Lego designed to solve tasks that are assigned to them that year. They also must complete a research project based off of the year's theme.
The Mars Robotics Association is a nonprofit organization based in Mars, PA. Our goal is to help children of all ages explore the world of robotics. Our association is part of an organization called FIRST(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
We participate in two of FIRST’s four challenges. The first program we participate in is called FLL (FIRST Lego League), for students in 4th through 8th grade. In this program, students will build a robot out of Lego to solve challenges across a field. The other program is called FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge), for students in 7th-12th grade. Students build a working robot that they control to solve challenges. The programs give children skills in knowledge in STEAM to help them succeed in the world today.
1st PLACE MOTIVATE AWARD
"This team motivated the game with community service and virtual speakers. They broadcasted over the internet and cable TV, and supported local restaurants with their "pick of the week". They took the OPPORTUNITY and PERSERVERED while sparking CURIOSITY in STEM."
PA FTC Championship