Introducing “FIRST”

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people and to facilitate their participation in science and technology. 

FIRST conducts various competitions to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their professional skills for the 21st century


FIRST Tech Challenge teams with members in grades 7-12 are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge with an alliance format.

Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and teamwork. Participating in FTC teaches young students the foundational skills required for many professional endeavors.


BOT BRAINS – TEAM 16462, is a community based robotics team from Aldie, VA. 

BOT BRAINS is a student led team with support from mentors and coaches who are experienced professionals in STEM fields. 

Sponsored by family and friends, BOT BRAINS continues to inspire students in their community.


Control Award

Our team received the Control award in the 2019-2020 SKYSTONE Qualifier tournament for demonstrating innovative thinking to solve game challenges such as autonomous operation, mechanical systems improvisation with intelligent control, and usage of sensors to achieve better results.