Piedmont Makers organizes FIRST Robotics teams and hosts tournaments for Piedmont and the broader East Bay community. This includes FIRST LEGO League Explore teams for rising K through 3rd graders, FIRST Lego League Challenge teams for rising 4th through 8th graders, FIRST Tech Challenge teams for 7th through 12th graders, and a FIRST Robotics Competition team for 9th through 12th graders.
In the 2022-2023 season, Piedmont Makers organized 60+ robotics teams with 400+ students across all four levels of FIRST, making it the largest community robotics league in Northern California. Registration will open in March for the 2023-2024 season.
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FIRST LEGO League Explore
FIRST LEGO League Explore (K-3rd grade) is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®.
FIRST LEGO League Challenge
FIRST LEGO League Challenge (4th-8th grade) is a LEGO Spark Prime-based robotics competition with Scratch/Python coding and includes a team project based on the season’s theme. The regular season runs from August through November. If you are new to robotics or coding, we recommend this level.
FIRST Tech Challenge
FIRST Tech Challenge (7th-12th grade) is a more advanced robotics competition which features Android/Java programming and Rev/TETRIX/GoBilda robotics. If you have some robotics or coding experience and are at least in 7th grade, we recommend this level.