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).

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international sport of the mind designed to raise the next generation of scientists and engineers. The FIRST Robotics Competition tests the ability of teams and their mentors to complete a challenge in a six-week time frame using a common set of rules. Teams build robots from industrial-grade parts and enter them in competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of professionals
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.

You can access the FIRST website here.

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