We participate in two of FIRST’s four challenges. The first program we participate in is called FLL (FIRST Lego League). It is for 4th through 8th grade. In this program, students will build a robot out of Lego to solve challenges across a field, as well as do a research project and outreach in the community. The other program is called FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge), and is participated by students in 7th-12th grade. Students build a working robot that they control to solve challenges. Students also help to spread STEAM throughout the community through various outreach events. The programs give children skills in knowledge in STEAM to help them succeed in the world today.
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. We are part of a larger organization called FIRST(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Last year, our association had 4 robotics teams that competed in both FTC and FLL. We welcome all students from any area, and are continually growing our teams. Each year our teams design, build, and program robots to compete with other FIRST teams. In addition, we also design, market, and complete outreach projects.