Dark Matter 14374 is a community-based FIRST Tech Challenge team of 8-10th graders located in St. Tammany Parish which is in Southeast Louisiana. We are a competitive team within FIRST - the founding organization of FTC that advocates for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and promotes Gracious Professionalism.
The Game Changers 2020-21 Season has started! Our team is working hard prototyping and building our robot to compete in this season's game. We invite you to Be a Game Changer! Help support our team with a donation or sponsorship.
See how participants will step into the world of sports for ULTIMATE GOAL, part of the 2020-2021 FIRST robotics season, FIRST GAME CHANGERS, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change.
This season, we’ll celebrate the evolution of our sports and activities that make us physically and mentally strong. As part of FIRST, we’re building a culture that recognizes the athlete in each of us. We know that when we move, play, and compete in any sport, we use our minds—our creativity, imagination, and critical thinking—as much as we use our muscles. Let’s work together to champion the strengths of every person who plays the game and gives us a reason to cheer. It’s time to be GAME CHANGERS.
It’s way more than building robots. FIRST® Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge using an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.
Teams design and build robots, raise funds, design and market their team brand, document their team's journal in an engineering notebook and do community outreach to earn specific awards.
About FIRST (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 positive impact on FIRST® Tech Challenge participants is gratifying and well documented.
FIRST ALUMNI ARE
more likely to enroll in an
course their freshman year
(than a matched comparison group of students)
of FIRST Alumni are in a
Stem Field As a Student or
GAINS IN WORKFORCE SKILLS
95% of students reported gains in TIME MANAGEMENT
98% of students reported gains in problem solving
About FTC & FIRST
"FIRST® is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn import life skills. Kids often come in not knowing what to expect – of the program nor of themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, and with a sense that they can create their own future." – Dean Kamen, FIRST® Founder