For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
What is FIRST?

FIRST Mission:

     It's mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, 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.

It's not just building a robot, it's TEAMWORK.

                                                                         Students get to:                                                                              

  Learn from professional engineers
  Build and compete with a robot of their own design

  Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware
  Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  Earn a place in the World Championship
  Qualify for over $11 million in college

"To create a world where science and technology are celebrated... where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes."
Dean Kamen


          Some FIRST facts:

  • 42,000 high school students
  • 1,686 teams
  • Teams from the U.S., Brazil, Canada,Chile, Germany,
  • Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines,
    Turkey, and the United Kingdom
  • 322 Rookie teams
  • 40 regional competition
  • 85,000 volunteers
  • Over 2,000 sponsoring companies
  • One identical Kit of Parts
  • 6 weeks to build
  • 41 Regional Events
  • 1 Championship Competition
  • Hardest Fun Ever