What is FIRST ®?
FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science
and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor
Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and
participation in science and technology. Based in
Manchester, N.H., the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity inspires young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
FIRST provides a progression of four global, after-school programs for K-12: the FIRST ® Robotics Competition for Grades 9-12 (ages 14 to 18); the FIRST ® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12 (ages 12 to 18); the FIRST ® LEGO League for Grades 4-8 (ages 9 to 16; ages vary by country); and the FIRST ® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4 (ages 6 to 10). FIRST also operates a research, development, and training facility called FIRST ® Place™ at its headquarters in New Hampshire.