FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen . The organization was created to foster interest in young people to explore careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). FIRST runs several programs for youth, ranging from very early development (ages 3-6) up to the FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC) at the high school level.
Since 1989, the FIRST Robotics Competition has been inspiring students of all ages to enhance their inner ingenuity. With the art of competition and co-operation students build live robots to complete annual challenges.
The community has built the term “Gracious Professionalism” to structure a set of mentors, students, and sponsors who join together to create some of the best times of their life. In these moments education and future job opportunities are formed and applied.
They organize robotics competitions internationally each year with new challenges and new heights of innovation using the latest industry standard technologies. FIRST is all about thinking, inspiring, and creating a better world.