FIRST, which stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology", is a non-profit organization, founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1992. The program was structured around getting future generations into Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). FIRSTRobotics is much more than competition, combining Gracious Professionalism with technology to create an environment that fosters a deeper appreciation for STEM. FIRST has four different levels of robotics, starting from FIRST Lego League JR., designed for ages 6 to 10, and goes to FIRST Robotics Competition, designed for high school students, ages 14 to 18.
Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRSTRobotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”
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. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.
For more information, please visit firstinspires.org.