The Core Values are the cornerstones of the Jr.FLL and FLL programs.
They are among the fundamental elements that distinguish the programs from
others of their kind. By embracing the
Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork. Members of the Jr.FLL and
FLL community are expected to display the Core Values through hard work, dedication, and respect for others in all they do.
We are a team.
We do the work to find the solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
We honor the spirit of friendly sportsmanship.
What we discover is more important than what we win.
We share our experiences with others.
We display Gracious Professionalism in everything we do.
We have fun!
Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor and Pappalardo Professor
Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
coined the term "Gracious
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
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
In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.