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First Robotics Initiative

The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. 

The Western New England FIRST Robotics initiative was established by a committee that includes University faculty and students as well as community volunteers and leaders. The initiative’s mission is to become a hub for recruitment, knowledge sharing, resource management, and skills development for local community and K-12 STEM and robotics programs. This will be accomplished by mentoring current FIRST teams, starting new teams within the Springfield School District, and hosting regional competitions on campus to better serve Springfield’s diverse and underrepresented K-12 student population.

As part of the WNE FIRST Robotics initiative, Western New England has established a $1,000 FIRST Robotics Scholarship open to high school students who verify participation in FIRST Robotics or FIRST Tech Challenge competitions prior to submitting their application to the University for enrollment in the fall 2019 semester.  

Upcoming Events

  • First Lego League Qualifier

    In this competition, 36 teams from the Massachusetts region will compete in the First Lego League Agawam Qualifier. This event is open to the public.

    Saturday, December 8, 2018

    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Western New England University Alumni Healthful Living Center

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  • Western NE District Event

    At this event, 36 teams from the New England region will compete in the Western NE District Event (Qualifying Event). It is open to the public.

    Friday, March 22–Sunday, March 24, 2019

    Western New England University Alumni Healthful Living Center

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