We are FIRST Louisiana-Mississippi, Inc.

Serving the Youth of Louisiana & Mississippi through FIRST®

FIRST® Louisiana-Mississippi, Inc. was formed to support FIRST teams, and to grow FIRST programs throughout the Louisiana-Mississippi region. Based in New Orleans, LA, this 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity provides financial & logistical support for FIRST Teams and Events, as well as acting as a conduit between teams and corporate entities who are interested in supporting teams financially, or through in-kind donations or mentorships.

FIRST, Inc. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

The Louisiana FIRST LEGO League Planning Committee is under the FIRST Louisiana-Mississippi umbrella and is comprised of volunteers who manage the FIRST LEGO League Program in Louisiana and work to assure that all  Louisiana FIRST LEGO League teams have the opportunity to compete in sanctioned tournaments. They also manage the Louisiana FIRST LEGO League State Championship, hosting 60 FIRST LEGO League CHALLENGE teams who have advanced from qualifying tournaments, in addition to hosting 30 teams at the FIRST LEGO League EXPLORE State Expo taking place at the same time.

For more information, please contact:

Louisiana FIRST LEGO League CHALLENGE Partners:

Annette Oertling, Ph.D., LA FIRST LEGO League CHALLENGE Partner
President, FIRST Louisiana-Mississippi, Inc.
Michelle Sanchez, Ph.D., LA FIRST LEGO League CHALLENGE Partner
Director for K-12 STEM Outreach
Tulane University School of Science and Engineering

Louisiana FIRST LEGO League EXPLORE Partners:

 Carol Cancienne, LA FIRST LEGO League EXPLORE Partner
Board Member, FIRST Louisiana-Mississippi, Inc.
Jean Williams, LA FIRST LEGO League EXPLORE Partner
Board Member, FIRST Louisiana-Mississippi, Inc.