FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
Founded over 25 years ago by inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST has attracted more than 250,000 youth and more than 100,000 mentors, coaches, and volunteers from 75 countries.
First Robotics challenges teams to work with mentors, students, and community leaders. Each year teams work year round to to train for a challenge where teams have just six weeks to design, build, and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge. Teams participate in regional competitions with winners advancing to the World Championship.
FIRST students are eligible to receive over $14 million in scholarships from some of the finest science and engineering schools in the country.
In addition to the FRC (FIRST Robotic Competition) program, other programs include Junior FIRST Lego League (Grades K-3), FIRST Lego League (Grades 4-8) and FIRST Tech Challenge (Grades 9-12).
More information on FIRST and these programs can be found at the FIRST website.