Founded over 20 years ago by inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST has attracted more than 210,000 youth and more than 90,000 mentors, coaches, and volunteers from 56 countries.
Working with mentors, students 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.