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Center for Mathematics and Science Education
The University of Mississippi


Welcome to the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Program in Mississippi! We are a statewide community focused on building a better world for tomorrow by engaging students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). FIRST Tech Challenge teaches students the value of hard work, innovation, and creativity.


The Center for Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Mississippi serves as the FIRST Tech Challenge Program Delivery Partner for the state of Mississippi.

➾ 2021-2022 SEASON

FIRST FORWARDSM presented by Qualcomm is our transportation-themed competition season for 2021-2022.  Transportation drives us forward, impacting economies around the world and making us all more globally interconnected.  This year’s theme, FIRST teams have the power to reimagine a path forward and invent the future of transportation. 

It’s time to be transported.  It’s time to move full speed ahead.  It’s time to move FIRST FORWARD!

➾ What is FIRST Tech Challenge?

It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 members, students aged for grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!”

Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year to year and can be coded using a variety of languages, including Java. Teams design and build robots, raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach to earn specific awards.

Participants have access to over 80 million dollars in scholarships at over 200 colleges and universities. Find out more at

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➾ Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with MS FIRST Tech Challenge! Individuals can mentor teams, volunteer at events, or join committees to help organize events. FIRST Tech Challenge is supported by a growing network of sponsors that provide funding, mentorship, time, talent, equipment, and more. FIRST Tech Challenge is privileged to have the support of some of the most respected organizations in the world.

➾ 2020-2021 Season Recap

A video of the 2020-2021 Mississippi Championship Awards presentation may be viewed here