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 Professionalism."
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
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.