As a leading, not-for-profit program with global recognition, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was established in 1989 by Dean Kamen - a productive inventor and an advocate for science and technology - and Dr. Woodie Flowers, a professor of mechanical engineering.
Over the 25 years, Kamen’s enthusiasm and determination have inspired numerous young individuals to discover the fascination of science and technology through the participation in robotics competitions.
FIRST encourages young students to pursue education and careers opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) industries, motivates them to become leaders and innovators, and cultivates young individuals with well-rounded life capabilities including critical thinking, communication and leadership.
During the 6-week competition, high-school students are encouraged to work with professional mentors such as engineers, programmers, etc. and design a robot.
Once the robot is designed, the team uses it to compete based on the given tasks, to learn and develop hardware and software for the robot, and finally develop practical and critical thinking, as well as communication, teamworking and leadership skills.