What is FIRST?

FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

FIRST is a program which inspires young engineers to explore technology and science. Through the program, students learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and critical thinking skills. Besides engineering and technology, FIRST programs also encourage public speaking, finance, and problem solving.

Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1992. In the beginning FIRST had a simple objective, but it has evolved into a very complex and strategic game. Besides the big robots that our team builds for FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST also has 3 other programs: FIRST Lego League, Jr. FIRST Lego League, and FIRST Tech Challenge. All of these programs help kids and young adults explore engineering, critical thinking, and team work. Competitions can last all day!