2015-2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Fund

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The Northshore Community Foundation (NCF), in partnership with Team 1912 Combustion, the Office of Naval Research, and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) at Stennis Space Center, MS, announce the expansion of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) in the St. Tammany Parish Public Schools (STPPS) beginning in the fall of 2015. FIRST is an international youth organization that operates some of the largest and mostly highly-regarded robotics competitions: FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) inspire high school students to become engineers with giving them real world experience to work with engineers to develop a robot, FIRST LEGO League (FLL) are for students ages 9-14 who are given the experience to build simple palm size model of real life robotic system and Junior FIRST LEGO League (JrFLL) for students ages 5-8 who are given the experience to build Lego robot model with at least one moving part.


Download latest Press Release HERE.


The FIRST program will address the critical need of engaging more school-aged students in grades 2-12 in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related activities on the local level with plans to expand FIRST competition robotics program to underserved schools that do not currently have FIRST teams as well as to support the existing MATHCOUNTS program.



Rookie Team Program for 2015-2016

The expanded program will support four FTC teams, four FLL teams, and four JrFLL teams. Rookie team support will include:

* the FIRST team registration cost.

* parts kit sufficient to participate in the expo or competition.

* a nominal stipend for the teacher sponsor, after the team participates in a qualifying competition (STPSB teams/teachers only, one per team).

Teams/schools will be responsible for their tournament and expo fees and optional costs (see below).


School Board introduction letter for the program is HERE.


FIRST Grant Application download for 2015-2016 is HERE.


For more information or to apply for support, visit the Team Combustion website at team1912.com/rookie.html or email team1912rookie@att.net.




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