Throughout your season, you’ll be guided by the FIRST ® Core Values:
We express the FIRST ® philosophies of Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® through our FIRST® Core Values:

  • Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
  • Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
  • Impact:  We apply what we learn to improve our world.
  • Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
  • Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
  • Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!

The Robot Game and Innovation Project are what teams do and Core Values is how they get it done!

Core Values FAQs

What does Core Values look like in Consolidated Judging?

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Do we need to have a Core Values Poster?

A Core Values poster is not required in Virginia + DC FIRST® LEGO® League regional tournaments, but they can be helpful for teams to reference when talking to the judges about how they incorporated Core Values into their experience.

You can find helpful guidelines for the a Core Values poster under the “Top Resources” found in the column to the right.

What is Gracious Professionalism and Cooperititon?

Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST®. It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.

Coopertition® produces innovation. At FIRST®Coopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.

Coopertition involves learning from teammates. It is teaching teammates. It is learning from Mentors. And it is managing and being managed. 

Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can.