About FIRST

About FIRST®

Working on a FIRST Robot

Working on a FIRST® Robot

Working on a FIRST Robot

Working on a FIRST® Robot
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Fun. Responsibility. Commitment. Challenges. Real-life Engineering. How best to describe FIRST®? As Team 1816 delves deeper into all aspects and opportunities of FIRST® Robotics, we've tried to put the essence of FIRST® into an elevator speech. And, FIRST® members never say no to a challenge. Here are Emily Benson (captain 2010-11), Michael W. (captain 2011-12) and Alex O. (Captain 2012-13) describing FIRST®.

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) sponsors robotics competitions to inspire and challenge students in Grades kindergarten – 12 to learn and apply engineering and science skills. Founded in 1989, FIRST® is a progression of robotics competitions that begins with FIRST® Junior Lego League in elementary school and grows into the FIRST® Robotics Competition in high school.

Inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST® believes that we become those whom we celebrate. His vision: “To create a world where science and technology are celebrated... where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes.” To make this a reality, Mr. Kamen teamed up with Dr. Woodie Flowers, recently-retired Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to create varsity-team competitions that will inspire the next generations of science and technology superstars.