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i.am FIRST is our initiative to bring FIRST Robotics programs to the youth of Boyle Heights. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a world-class robotics competition combining the excitement of sports with the rigors of engineering.

We are proud to partner with inventor and FIRST Robotics founder Dean Kamen to encourage and celebrate the engineering prowess of kids everywhere. “I’m proud to help FIRST inspire young people to pursue science and technology careers… The experience that students gain and the values they learn in FIRST programs are crucial to creating the innovative problem solvers of tomorrow.” — will.i.am

Latest News

How Our FIRST Robotics Teams Performed in 2020

Although the COVID-19 virus forced a Stay at Home order in Los Angeles, our three LA-based FIRST Robotics Competition teams were fortunate enough to compete at the LA Regional before the order was issued. On the weekend of March 8th,…

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i.am College Track: Boyle Heights Launches Robotics Team

The i.am College Track: Boyle Heights site started its first-ever robotics team this year.  Congrats to College Track’s new FIRST Tech Challenge team for a successful first season!  In 2012, will.i.am and the i.am Angel Foundation partnered with College Track to create…

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will.i.am Funds FIRST Robotics Teams for Ferguson Students

From the St. Louis American, originally published on April 29, 2015 by Mariah Stewart: Grammy award-winning artist Will.i.am recently announced he will help fund a science, technology, engineering, and technology (STEM) program for high school students in Ferguson. Last week,…

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i.am FIRST Team Wins Motivate Award at FTC Competition

The Robotics Riders, our FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) team from Hollenbeck Middle School finished their rookie season with a fantastic achievement -- winning the Motivate Award at the Palmdale Los Angeles Competition! The Motivate Award honors teams that best exemplify…

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i.am FIRST Robotics Program Launched in Boyle Heights

The i.am Angel Foundation is proud to launch the first-ever competitive robotics team in Boyle Heights at Roosevelt High School. Robotics is one of the best embodiments of STEAM. It's about hands-on, project-based learning, and it combines engineering with coding…

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