Welcome to StudentsFIRST!

Our Mission

StudentsFIRST is a passionate community of students and adults committed to championing student-centered learning within robotics teams. Our vision is to cultivate an inclusive and equitable environment where the joy of discovery flourishes, and every student’s educational journey takes precedence.

Guided by our core values of integrity, collaboration, and innovation, we advocate for more equitable competitions that prioritize learning over winning. We are dedicated to preserving the essence of exploration and creativity, ensuring that students remain at the heart of every team’s endeavors.

While we are not formally affiliated with FIRST, we uphold its values and principles, striving to embody them in all our actions. Through advocacy, education, and the promotion of student empowerment, StudentsFIRST seeks to redefine the landscape of robotics education, making it a space where every student can thrive and reach their full potential.

Now Accepting Hall of Fame Nominations

While we are working to get students the agency they need to contribute meaningfully on their teams, we also want to acknowledge that the vast majority of mentors and coaches really do put students first. Many mentors, coaches, and volunteers are joining StudentsFIRST because they agree with our goals.

To celebrate the coaches, mentors and volunteers who put students first, we are creating a Hall of Fame on our website. If you would like to nominate a great adult on your team for a StudentsFIRST Hall of Fame award, please email us, Contact@StudentsFIRST.tech, with their name, photo, and a paragraph on why this adult is so special and how they put students first. Please also include your team number. We will add them to our website on the Hall of Fame page, and we will email you a certificate that you can print and present to them.

Recent Comments

  • Robin Lee on Comments: “Thank you for that suggestion! In response to your idea we just added a new page that lists all the Teams that are members of StudentsFIRST. https://studentsfirst.tech/studentsfirst-teams/ If your team belongs on this list, please email us and we will add you! Contact@StudentsFIRST.techMarch 23, 2024
  • Robin Lee on Comments: “Thank you for the suggestion! We’ll add a map key.March 23, 2024
  • anonymous on Comments: “Some teams have to have adults do work due to school district limitations/policies on how old you need to be to use certain more dangerous tools, like chop saws, etc.March 23, 2024

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