Montana State University

Montana FIRST

Contact & Location:
Allison Banfield
629 Cobleigh Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 173780
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT

Tel: (406) 994-7915
Fax: (406) 994-5958

Montana FIRST

Teams in Billings Prepare

Click here to read the Billings Gazette article. (in a new window)

FIRST Tournaments 2015

FIRST Tech Challenge


Jan. 30, 2015

2015 Cascade Effect!

FIRST LEGO League Challenge

January 31, 2015

2015 World Class Learning Unleashed

Verizon provides grant for 2015 FIRST robotics tournaments

The FIRST Robotics competition held at Montana State University will receive a grant from the Verizon Foundation for the 2015 competition.

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College Office


FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Schedule -- Friday, January 30, 2015

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FIRST LEGO League (FLL) -- Saturday, January 31, 2015

2015 Championship Tournament Results for FIRST LEGO League (FLL)

Special mention team acknowledgement:

12249 Wyola Robotics

Coach/mentor acknowledgement:

Ali Cunningham, Por-Q-Bots, Nashua
Michael Hotaling, various teams, Billings

Core Values Category

1st Place Inspiration: 9963 Robotic Rebels, Livingston
2nd Place Inspiration: 11546 Kollective Kragle, Bozeman
1st Place Gracious Professionalism: 2709 Enginerds, Missoula
2nd Place Gracious Professionalism: 9716 Control Freaks, Fort Benton
1st Place Teamwork: 1997 Rockin’ Rutabagas, Missoula
2nd Place Teamwork: 4177 Math Magicians, Butte

Project Category

1st Place Research: 5801 CS Porter, Missoula
2nd Place Research: 12186 The Iron Giant, Eureka
1st Place Innovative Solution: 2091 Washington Wildbots, Missoula
2nd Place Innovative Solution: 10090 Optics (Arrowhead 2), Billings
1st Place Presentation: 5372 Building Joes, Butte
2nd Place Presentation: 2708 Lifesavers, Missoula

Design Category

1st Place Strategy & Innovation: 2000 Nerdy Ninja Bots, Missoula
2nd Place Strategy & Innovation: 1783 Por Q Bots, Nashua
1st Place Programming: 12187 The Lethal Legos, Eureka
2nd Place Programming: 12296 M&Ms (Math and Mayhem), Billings
1st Place Mechanical Design: 9860 Arachnomaniacs, Thompson Falls
2nd Place Mechanical Design: 2753 Archibots, Missoula

Robot Performance Awards (competition points)

1st Place (250 points): 7926 Lego Robo Pro Bros, Helena
2nd Place (230 points): 12194 Bro-Sis, Billings

Champion’s Award

1st Place: 7926 Lego Robo Pro Bros, Helen
2nd Place: 11235 Girl Power, Billings

Click here for Individual Match Scores (PDF) in a new window

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FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization that designs robotics competitions for elementary through high school students.

FIRST holds three annual competitions, the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for high school students and the FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) for grades 4 through 8.

FIRST programs challenge student teams and their mentors to solve complex problems in a limited timeframe using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts or LEGO® bricks and enter them in competitions.

Nanoquest Click here or on the image below to see a KXLF video of FIRST Tech Challenge qualifying rounds held in Butte, Montana, in December 2012.

FIRST Values (Gracious Professionalism)

  • Respect each other in the best spirit of teamwork
  • Behave with courtesy and compassion for others at all times
  • Honor the spirit of friendly competition
  • Act with integrity
  • Demonstrate gracious professionalism
  • Encourage others to adopt these values

FLL competition