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FIRST® Robotics Competition is the pinnacle of FIRST, culminating with the most freedom for student creativity. Students are free to create from any material, any off the shelf part can be used provided the robot meets that year’s size/weight/cost constraints. In addition, business students create videos, setup the website, and create all the marketing materials.

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We are now accepting 2024 applications!

The Alumni Scholarship was founded by two of our very own Alumni. The purpose of this scholarship is to further support an excellent graduating senior who has exemplified the core values of FIRST (Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, Fun) and our community.

Core Values


We explore new skills and ideas


We respect each other and embrace our differences


We use creativity and persistence to solve problems


We are stronger when we work together


We apply what we learn to improve our world


We enjoy and celebrate what we do!


Robot Game

Working closely with mentors who are professionals in their chosen fields, students design, build, and program autonomous and manually controlled robots in a six-week period to perform a series of missions based on that year’s themed-challenge designed by FIRST©


Teams fabricate their robot from nearly any material they want using a wide variety of automated and manual machines


Teams use CAD to model their robots in 3D and calculate the physics of the robot


Robot sizes vary based on that year’s challenge and team strategy


Robots are controlled from multi-functional dashboards built with laptops running multiple software programs

Discussions with judges and other teams at the competition allow the team to highlight their designs. Typical topics include lessons learned, unique
features of the robot, design innovations as well as flaws, and what modifications would be explored if the team had more time



Design skills, project management, programming, teamwork, strategic thinking and communication skills


Knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) principles while working alongside professional engineers and programmers


Experience modeling a real-world engineering process


Knowledge of sophisticated hardware and software used in STEM industry


Build self-confidence, creative thinking and career and life skills


Make new friends, grow your network, and join a larger robotics family through high school and beyond


Access to exclusive scholarships from
hundreds of colleges/universities

What FIRST Robotics Competition Involves


Teams consist of 10 or more students aged 9-12th grade

Teams have industry professionals as mentors who work and teach alongside the students

Teams typically have a wide range of subteams including CAD & Design, Manufacturing & Assembly, Programming, Electrical & Systems, 
Marketing & Business, Outreach, Strategy & Scouting

The team decides where and how long to meet, but it must be in a public place and not at home


Every January the top secret robot challenge video for the season is broadcast by NASA at Kickoff

FIRST® Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology, business management, marketing, and fundraising while competing with teammates in a sport where all participants may choose to become a professional

Teams are challenged to design a team “brand”, hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform multiple tasks against a field of competitors

Robots are built from a variety of materials, powered by Rev technology, and programmed using industry-level code to control the robot both autonomously and tele-operated by student drivers


Teams choose 2 regionals they would like to attend either in or out of state and compete for a chance to move on to the world championship

Awards are given for the competition, as well as community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments

Students develop STEM skills and realize the value of hard work and innovation, while exhibiting Core Values, and displaying Gracious Professionalism© and Coopertition© all while competing with other FRC teams



Kickoff: Saturday January 6th 2024 – 10:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Lakeshore Robotics Education Center – 2814 Wollmer St., Manitowoc.


Contact: Arrow – President of Lakeshore FIRST Robotics at

Our Lakeshore FIRST Robotics Teams



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