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FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a program designed to give school-aged kids the ability to learn about science and technology from professionals while having a lot of fun! FIRST offers a wide range of programs for all ages, all of which are offered through Allendale Robotics! For more information visit:

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs.

We see a future where all students design and innovate as part of a team, experience failure, persevere, and embrace STEM. These lifelong learners emerge confident in their ability to make the world a better place.

VEX Robotics is educational robotics for everyone. VEX solutions span all levels of both formal and informal education with accessible, scalable, and affordable solutions. Beyond science and engineering principles, VEX encourages creativity, teamwork, leadership, and problem solving among groups. It allows educators of all types to engage and inspire the STEM problem solvers of tomorrow!


We have no prerequisites for joining the team. This is a learning adventure for all of us. The FIRST program is a unique environment that allows you to work with  many different mentors and professionals to learn about science, technology, engineering, and more!

Yes! One of the things we love about our team is we include students from all the surrounding areas (current schools include: Jenison, Coopersville, Reeths Puffer, and home schooled students).

The cost of registration depends on what team you’re on. The higher your grade level, the more expensive the registration fee is. Also, if your team qualifies for extra competitions (ex. State Championship and World Championship) more travel fees will occur. 

We also never turn away students due to money. We work with each family on an individual basis to make our programs accessible for every single student.

Team registration for the following year typically opens in May, and accepts applications until the season is over. we recommend signing up before the beginning of the school year to make your chances of being on a team the greatest.

FRC (grades 9-12), we recommend an application being submitted by the beginning of January in order to ensure participation in the entire season, but we accept applications until the end of the season in April.