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. FIRST has expanded to have multiple competitions for children in elementary school through the end of high school. www.usfirst.org


What is FRC?

FRC stands for FIRST Robotics Competition and is only for high school students from grades 9-12. This is not to be confused with FTC, which stands for FIRST Tech Challenge and is for grades 7-12.


FIRST Vision

“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.” –Dean Kamen, Founder



“Our 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.” –Dean Kamen, Founder

                            Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST

                            Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST