Robotics Outreach at Lincoln Laboratory (ROLL) helps students discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be. One of ROLLŐs major outreach efforts is coaching student teams in robotics competitions sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).


The FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) for ages 14-18 encourages teams to

  • Design, build, and program robots
  • Apply real world math and science concepts
  • Develop problem-solving and team-building skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances at tournaments
  • Earn a place at the World Championships

FTC redefines winning in terms of excellence in design, team spirit, gracious professionalism, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Lincoln Laboratory shares the FIRST values of teamwork and the pursuit of technological excellence.

Lincoln Lab FTC Teams

This year, Roll will mentor three FTC teams in this competition.