About FIRST


FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” and was founded by Dean Kamen in 1989.  As an entrepreneur and inventor himself, Dean Kamen had the vision to inspire younger children with programs based in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The FIRST Robotics programs allow high school students to explore engineering and engage in real life situations.  As robotics is a multi-discipline field, students can learn the fundamentals of Mechanical, Electrical, and Software Engineering. In addition, students have the opportunity to develop valuable, and non-technical skills in multiple areas: critical thinking, teamwork, business, communication, marketing, and Gracious Professionalism. FIRST currently offers four different programs to target different age groups with varying levels of intensity.

To see how to get involved with FIRST, visit FIRST‘s website to learn how to get involved. If you want to attend a FIRST event, check FIRST‘s listing of current events and teams by area under the Community / Team & Event Search link.

Our Local Regional


The NY Tech Valley is our regional's FIRST competition event meant to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in the youth generation. It is held in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) campus, NY Tech Valley and serves as our home. For more information, go to techvalleyfirst.org