FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
Founded in 1989, FIRST is a non-profit working to inspire youths of the importance of engineering and technology. To do this, FIRST hosts several robotics competitions:
- Jr. FIRST Lego League, where elementary school students grades K-3 use LEGO Mindstorms to build motorized models and make coordinating posters to record their journey.
- FIRST Lego League, where elementary and middle school students grades 4-8 use LEGO Mindstorms to build robots and develop their own research projects, creating innovative solutions for challenges faced by scientists today.
- FIRST Tech Challenge, where teams of up to 10 middle school (7th grade and up) and high school students design, build, and program robots to battle in an alliance format against other teams using sports models.
- FIRST Robotics Competition, where teams of 25 or more high school students – under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, – design, build, and program robots to challenge other teams in the competitions.
FIRST is an organization committed to helping young people find and grow a love for science, engineering, technology, and math. It was founded by Dean Kamen, and since the 1992 FIRST season has brought together more than 210,000 youth and more than 90,000 mentors, coaches, and volunteers from 56 countries. It all comes together in “an international robotics competition and celebration where teams win recognition, gain self confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends, and perhaps discover an unforeseen career path.”