Learn. Impact. Connect.​

Dark Matter is a World Championship award-winning FIRST Tech Challenge in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. We are a community-based FIRST® Tech Challenge team of high schoolers.

Dark Matter operates as a 501c3 non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting and growing FIRST in our area. Through STEM outreach, mentorship and hands-on experience, we’re inspiring the STEM leaders of tomorrow while honing our own engineering skills today.

Behind every successful endeavor lies support, and we’re incredibly grateful for our supporters. If you  want to join us in our mission, we invite you to click here to learn more about how you can contribute. Join Dark Matter in shaping the future, one robot at a time.



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2023 FIRST Championship
Design Award-Franklin Division

50,000+ people, all with a common love for robotics, gathered in Houston April 19-22. The teams, volunteers, emcees and judges all created an unforgettable atmosphere celebrating STEM. 🏆 We are honored to have been awarded the {robot} Design Award for the Franklin Division of the FIRST World Championship. What an amazing way to end the Power Play season!


Founded in 1989, FIRST® stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”, and was the brainchild of Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway. FIRST is the world’s largest non-profit for kids robotics.


About FTC

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.

The Game

Each year teams are given a new game challenge. During the 2024-2025 FIRST season, FIRST® DIVE presented by Qualcomm, teams will use their STEM and collaboration skills to explore life beneath the surface of the ocean. The season kicks off September 7, 2024.



FIRST is More Than Robots.

Our goal is to have a positive impact on our community through various outreach events, volunteering and service projects. We hope to inspire children to explore science and technology by sharing the excitement and rewards of STEM and robotics.


Empower the next generation of change makers and innovators.

"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

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Dark Matter
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FTC TEAM #14374

St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana

FIRST Tech Challenge students learn to think like engineers. Teams design, build, and code robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. We’re building our future.

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