FIRST (For the Inspiration of Science and Technology) Robotics is an international robotics organization founded by Dean Kamen in 1989. The passion of FIRST is to inspire students in the fields of science and technology through competitions.
“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
FIRST has four competitions it hosts each year to promote their vision: FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), FIRST LEGO League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and Junior FIRST LEGO League (JFLL).
“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.” – USFIRST.org
Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST Distinguished Advisor and Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, coined the term "Gracious Professionalism®."
Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.
With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process.
The People Behind FIRST
FIRST could not happen without the help of many people; volunteers, mentors, and students all help make FIRST happen.
Founder: Dean Kamen
Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined—his own passion for technology and its practical uses has driven his personal determination to spread the word about technology’s virtues and by so doing to change the culture of the United States.
Our mentors are a key to the success of FIRST Robotics and our team. Mentors go above and beyond to help ensure that we learn and have fun while on the team.
FIRST has a strong volunteer workforce of 90,000+ people that help make FIRST happen. We appreciate all their hard work and dedication that keeps FIRST running.