About Us

The following is the FIRST Robotics Newfoundland and Labrador Mission, Vision and Values.

Our Mission

To inspire young people of Newfoundland and Labrador to pursue further studies and careers in the field of science, technology, engineering, and entrepreneurship.  This  will be achieved by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, technology, engineering, and problem solving skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-round life capabilities such as  self-confidence, communication, and leadership.    We pursue our mission primarily through running FIRST LEGO League Challenge robotics competitions,  FIRST LEGO League Explore Expos for school-age students at the elementary and junior high school level.

Our Vision

To transform Newfoundland and Labrador by creating a culture where science, technology and innovation are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science, technology, and innovation leaders and entrepreneurs.

Our Values

The FIRST Core Values emphasize friendly sportsmanship, respect for the contributions of others, teamwork, learning, and community involvement and are part of our commitment to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The FIRST Community expresses the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® through our Core Values:

  • Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
  • Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
  • Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.
  • Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
  • Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
  • Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!

Gracious Professionalism™: We instill this value at every opportunity. We expect, require and reward on-field and off-field conduct that models the best values of professional respect and courtesy.

Coopertition®: Our programs are designed so that to succeed, teams must be able to cooperate with other teams as well as compete with other teams.  This is an important real world skill.  The principles of “gracious professionalism™” and coopertition™ work hand in hand.