About FIRST

What is FIRST?

FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”. FIRST is dedicated to engaging young minds and building teamwork, leadership, and self confidence through various challenges and competitions, while also educating students on principles of engineering and technology.

The program was founded by Dean Kamen (Inventor of the Segway) and Woodie Flowers (A Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in 1989 in order to inspire kids to pursue interests in technology fields. https://www.firstinspires.org


FIRST Mission and Vision

The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, 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 leaders."  Dean Kamen, Founder