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Robotics & Coding


FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST’s mission 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, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Visit the FIRST website for more information.

FIRST host 4 levels of STEM inspired groups: FIRST LEGO League, Jr. (FLL, Jr.), FIRST LEGO League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Widefield School District host a FLL Jr. and an FLL competition for the elementary schools within the district. Each elementary school has at least one team that competes in these programs. Widefield School District also host the FTC competition for the junior high and high school level teams. 

Each year, FIRST promotes a theme that will guide the students through problem solving a real world problem. To learn about the theme, check out the FIRST website

To run these programs, it requires a lot of help! If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Terri Brungardt, 719-391-3078.

El Paso County FIRST LEGO League Competition robot

Coding in Action

Sphero board at the Coding in Action Competition

Coding in Action is a Widefield School District 3 club based program and competition. Currently, Coding in Action serves grades 3-5. Students collaborate together in this club to learn programming languages, such as Blockly language, C++, and Python, and apply them at the competition. In coding club, students experience computer programming and physical computing using programs such as,, drones, Spheros, and Arduino boards. You can learn more about the Coding in Action competition by visiting the Coding in Action website.