FIRST®, or, "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology," was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.  FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.  FIRST's mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

" transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders." - Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST.


In 2013, the FIRST® Robotics Competition currently encompasses more than 50,000 high-school students on over 2,500 teams. The majority of high-school students engage in the FRC, or FIRST® Robotics Competition. During build season, students have a six week time period to design, build, and debug their robot to meet specifications and rules set for the competition that year.


Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology.  His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  For more information about FIRST and its competitions visit: