A booster account allows FIRST® Washington to accept and track donations for individual FIRST® LEGO® League teams. Tax-deductible donations are made to the FIRST® Washington organization by check designating the individual team to benefit. The money is then used by the team for legitimate team expenses. Learn more.
Each August, FIRST® provides teams worldwide with a new annual Challenge, a task based on a set of real-world problems facing today’s scientists and engineers. Members work in teams to solve the Challenge. The teams compete with one another advance to regional, national, and World Championships.
The Challenge Set is the practice field for robots created by FIRST® LEGO® League teams. The Challenge Set, new for each season, includes an exclusive selection of LEGO® bricks, dual lock fasteners, and a roll-out field mat. The Set is included with registration, and is sent to you once you have created and registered your FIRST® LEGO® League team for the season.
A Coach is an adult who works with school-age youth to share their knowledge and guide them through the FIRST® LEGO® League season. Some coaches work with teams weekly throughout the season; others support events or contribute on an as-needed basis. Coaches help teams set goals, facilitate meetings, handle administrative tasks, and ensure that FIRST® LEGO® guidelines are followed. No special technical knowledge is needed to be a coach. Coaches must be screened as part of FIRST’s Youth Protection Program. Learn More.
One of four programs offered by FIRST® Washington, FIRST® LEGO® League helps youth to gain self-confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends, and explore career paths. FIRST® LEGO® League is designed for students aged 9-14 (grades 4-8). Teams research a real-world problem and are challenged to develop a solution. They design, build, and program a robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® and compete on a table-top playing field.
FIRST® Washington is home to teams of youth in 4rd through 8th grades who tackle real-world challenges and explore potential careers by building robots and competing in robotics as a team sport. FIRST® Washington aims to inspire all young people in Washington State to be science and technology leaders by immersing them in the captivating field of robotics.
We offer four levels of programs to expose, engage and excite young people aged 6-18 in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). They learn to cooperate professionally and graciously, and have fun competing with teams from all over the state for prizes and bragging rights.
We welcome youth and volunteers of all backgrounds and abilities. We work deliberately to engage girls and diverse populations to ensure equal access for all in STEM education.
FIRST® Washington is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity.