What is FIRST?


FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”.  It is a program founded by inventrepreneur, Dean Kamen

“The goal of first is to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes.” Dean Kamen, Founder

FIRST has programs for all ages:

mentoringFIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be.  It challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals.

FIRST redefines winning for these students because they are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last.


Morgan Freeman FIRST Promotional Video

What FIRST is all about

FIRST impact on students

Click the links below for more information about FIRST:

PBS News report on FRC

FIRST Community Section