FIRST® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Founded over 25 years ago by inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST is a Sport for the Mind(TM), where young, innovative, and creative minds explore science and technology, solving real-world problems and competing in exciting, hands-on robotics challenges. The annual programs culminate in international robotics competitions and celebrations. Through their FIRST experience, participants win recognition, gain self-confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends, and perhaps discover an unforeseen career path.
MORE THAN ROBOTS - FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st-century work-life skills. FIRST learning never stops building upon itself, starting at age 6 and continuing through middle and high-school levels up to age 18. Young people can join the international, K-12, after-school STEM programs at any level. FIRST inspires STEM innovation excellence by teaching participants a multi-disciplinary set of 21st-century skills and immersing them in project-based learning and robotics competitions made possible by public and private partnerships. Working with volunteer adult Mentors/Coaches, FIRST youth receive the benefit of real workforce training.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a K-12 STEM Robotics Program. We engage kids in kindergarten through high school in exciting, Mentor-based, research and robotics programs that help all participants become science and technology leaders, as well as well-rounded contributors to society.