What is FIRST 

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them 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.

Dean Kamen

Founder of FIRST

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.

Programs

 
Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. 
 
For students who want to compete head to head using an exciting sports model. Teams design, build, and program their robots to compete on a 12′ X 12′ field, in an Alliance format, against other teams. Teams, including Coaches, Mentors, and Volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles, such as rapid prototyping.
 
Children are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions based on an annual theme.
 
 This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by adult Coaches, teams use LEGO elements to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey.