WHAT IS FIRST?
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology),
is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity founded by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen.
MIT professor Dr. Woodie Flowers coined the term Gracious Professionalism to highlight the intense
competitiveness and great mutual respect under which FIRST competitions are held.
The goal of FIRST is to enrich the knowledge of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering
and Mathematics) in pre-college youths. FIRST programs do not replace regular classroom work;
they enhance it by providing real-world examples mentored by industry volunteers.
Since its founding in 1989, FIRST competitions have grown from 28 teams in the US to
thousands of teams around the world.
The mission of FIRST 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.
"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are
celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes."
More about FIRST
Interested in learning more about FIRST? The FIRST web site
is a rich source of information on the various FIRST programs - FRC, FTC, FLL, FLL Jr.
You can also search for teams geographically and volunteer on teams and events. Take a few minutes
and learn more about this great organization.
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