FIRST ( For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) is a non-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen that creates robotic challenges for student from k-12. The organization has inspired young students to find a passion in STEM and to pursue their dreams. FIRST is not only about engineering, but about fostering a well-rounded individual with the skills to excel in the future work force.

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MISSION

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.

“FIRST is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills. Kids ofren come in not knowing what to expect - of the program nor of themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, and with a sense that they can create their own future”
— Dean Kamen, Co-Founder of FIRST
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