What is FIRST?

A global robotics community preparing young people for the future.

FIRST is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills.

Kids often come in not knowing what to expect – of the program nor of themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence and with a sense that they can create their own future.”

– FOUNDER, DEAN KAMEN

MISSION

Inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders

We engage young people in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

PROGRESSION OF PROGRAMS

FIRST LEGO League Jr.

Captures young curiosity by exploring real-world scientific challenges, learning teamwork, and working with motorized LEGO® elements

FIRST LEGO League

Elementary and middle school-aged students research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design

FIRST Tech Challenge

Teams of middle and high school-aged students are challenged to design, build, and program a robot to play a floor game against other teams’ creations

FIRST Robotics Competition

High school-aged teams compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed

THE FIRST COMMUNITY

 Our future is build better together.

80+ Million Dollars in Scholarships per year!

History

30+ Years of Inspiring Young People

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor and entrepreneur, Dean Kamen, in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity began with 28 teams in a New Hampshire high-school gym. Today, the four FIRST programs reach over 600,000 young people annually in 110+ countries. The fun they have, the knowledge they gain, and the friendships they make along the way help build self-confidence, nurture creativity, and inspire them to solve the world’s greatest challenges, be strong citizens, and build a brighter future.

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