What is FIRST® Robotics?
FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, was founded in 1989 with 28 New Hampshire high school teams competing in a basic robotics competition. Since then, it has grown in over 3000 teams and over 75,000 students participating around the world. Founded by inventor and engineer Dean Kamen, FIRST inspires young people to participate and become leaders in science and technology through energizing mentor based programs that build life-long skills in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM). The program is meant to inspire innovation and encourage well-rounded life skills including teamwork, communication, acceptance, self-confidence, perseverance, trust, initiative and leadership.