About First

US First

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a multinational non-profit organization that aspires to transform an entire culture. Their goal is to make science, mathematics, engineering, and technology as enjoyable for kids as sports are today.

FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway Human Transporter. FIRST oversees FRC, FLL, FTC, and FIRST Place. FIRST Place is an innovative science and technology center including a hands-on children's science museum. The missions of FRC, FLL, and FTC can be seen on this page as well.

FIRST was founded on partnerships with businesses, educational institutions, and the government. Many generous Fortune 500 companies provide funding, in-kind donations, and volunteers to support the program.

FIRST Robotics Competition

"The Varsity Sport for the Mind," FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Teams of 25+ students battle against strict rules, time constraints, and limited resources to raise funds, hone teamwork skills, and construct a robot to execute a task in a more efficient way than the competitors. FRC provides a practical simulation of the engineering world. Experienced volunteer mentors guide students along the right path. FRC allows students of all skill sets and backgrounds to find a sense of belonging on the team.


FLL introduces younger students to building and programming with LEGOs to combat real world problems. Members research issues facing our world and create solutions. FLL encourages creative thinking, problem solving, and the never ending search for better ways to live.

FIRST Tech Challenge

FTC is designed for those who enjoy sports, competition, and technology. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming robots to work with and against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and has been programmed in a variety of languages. Teams including coaches, volunteer mentors, and students are required to develop a strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition, community outreach, design, and many more real-world accomplishments.