What Is FIRST?

FIRST:  For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST‘s 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.

FIRST is the hardest fun you’ll ever have!

  • For Mentors and Volunteers, it’s the most rewarding adventure you’ll ever undertake.
  • For Sponsors, it’s the most enlightened investment you could ever make.

FIRST is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math.

Founded over 20 years ago by inventor Dean Kamen, the FIRST family of programs touch the lives of more than 400,000 youth each year and culminate in an international competition where teams win recognition and make new friends from all over the world.