FIRST®

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FIRST® stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”  FIRST® designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering.

Dean Kamen founded FIRST® and its Robotics Competition in 1989, with 28 teams and a single 14 x 14 foot playing field in a New Hampshire high school gym. With the help of Woodie Flowers, there are now more than 2,850 teams participating worldwide, in more than 60 Regional events and a Championship event.
More information can be found on the FIRST® Website.

Objectives

  • To inspire interest and participation in science and technology
  • To create a world of science and technology are celebrated…where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes.

FIRST® Divisions

FIRST® Robotics Competition

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  • For high school aged students
  • Teams design, build, and code robots to complete challenges, and raise their own funds

 

FIRST® Tech Challenge
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  • For High School Students
  • Teams design, build, and code robots to complete challenges.

 

 

FIRST® LEGO® League
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  • For late elementary school and early middle school students
  • Teams design, build, and code robots out of LEGOs®, and also present solutions to real world problems

 

FIRST® Junior LEGO® League
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  • For early elementary school students aged 6-8
  • Teams design and build robots out of LEGOs®, and present solutions to real world challenges

 

Dean Kamendean

FIRST® President
Founder of FIRST®
President of DEKA, Development and Research Corporation

 

 

 

 

Woodie Flowerswoodie

FIRST® National Adviser
Founder of FIRST®
Professor at MIT