FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization. Founded in 1989, FIRST has created many team-based opportunities to help spread STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics), such as FLL (FIRST Lego League), FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge), and FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition).
FIRST redefines winning, by rewarding more than just a robot’s ability to win. Not only are teams recognized for excellence and creativity in robot design, but they must also demonstrate team spirit, involvement in their communities, gracious professionalism, maturity, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building skills and partnerships that last.