FIRST Robotics Competition


FIRST Events are free, family friendly and open to the public! Please no open toed shoes!

Upcoming Events


The Beach Bot Battle
July 13, 2018 in Gulfport, MS


The Redstick Rumble
August 25, 2018 in Baton Rouge, LA
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THE 2019 GAME Join our expedition into the 30th season of FIRST®! Travel to the outer limits of the universe in DESTINATION: DEEP SPACESM Presented By The Boeing Company. The 2019 FIRST® Robotics Competition season will officially kickoff in January 2019.


FIRST Inspires

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a global nonprofit organization that operates after-school robotics programs for young people ages 6-18 in the United States and internationally. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded capacities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. The sequence of FIRST programs in the United States begins with the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. program serving elementary school-aged youth (ages 6-9), followed by the FIRST® LEGO® League program serving primarily middle school-aged youth (ages 9-14), the FIRST® Tech Challenge serving grades 7-12, and FIRST® Robotics Competition, serving high school-aged youth (grades 9-12). In 2017-18, FIRST estimates that over 515,000 young people will participate in its programs on more than 59,000 teams and will compete in more than 2,900 events worldwide.2 In 2011, FIRST contracted with the Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management to conduct a multi-year longitudinal study of FIRST’s middle and high school programs. The goal of the study, building on more than a decade of short-term evaluation studies by Brandeis University and others, is to document the longer-term impacts of FIRST’s programs on participating youth and to do so through a design that meets the standards for rigorous, scientifically-based evaluation research. Learn more about the FIRST Impact on our ABOUT page.

The Executive advisory board of FIRST Louisiana-Mississippi

Volunteers Making a Difference

Tim English

Board Chair

Carolyn Arthurs

FIRST Regional Director
•FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Director •FIRST Louisiana-Mississippi Executive Advisory Board Executive Director

Senator Sharon Hewitt

Board Member 2018Bayou Regional Community Champion
State of Louisiana District 1

Dr. Annette Oertling

President FIRST Louisiana-Mississippi
•FIRST Lego League Affiliate Partner, Louisiana •Core Element Board Member •Louisiana Science Fair Board Member

Dr. Vernon Dunn

Board Member
Louisiana Board of Regents LaSTEM Program Manager

Dawn Saucier

Board Member
Dow Chemical STEM and Solutions Manager

Dr. Jim Henderson

Board Member
University of Louisiana System President

Dr. Monty Sullivan

Board Member
Louisiana Community and Technical College System President

Amber Lopez

Board Member

Ann Holland

Board Member
Mississippi Power Community Development Specialist

Dr. Nicholas Altiero

Board Member
•American Society for Engineering Dean of Science & Engineering Emeritus, Tulane University •Past President, American Society for Engineering Education

Judea Goins-Andrews

Board Member
Project Lead the Way Director of School Engagement Louisiana & Texas

Dr. Stanton McNeely

Board Member
Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges President

Clint Brawley

Board Member
•Curriculum Specialist -MS •FIRST Sr Mentor -MS

Eric Smith

Board Member
•Curriculum Specialist -LA •FIRST Sr Mentor -LA

FIRST Louisiana-Mississippi Directors

Directors of Operations
The FIRST Louisiana-Mississippi Board of Directors of Operations


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