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.



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