FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, was founded in 1989 with 28 New Hampshire high school teams competing in a basic robotics competition. Since then, it has grown to over 2,300 teams and about 58,000 students participating around the world. Founded by inventor and engineer Dean Kamen, FIRST inspires young people to participate and become leaders in science and technology through energizing mentor-based programs that build life-long skills in science, engineering, and technology; inspire life-long innovation; and encourage well-rounded life skills like teamwork, communication, acceptance, self-confidence, perseverance, trust, initiative, and leadership.
"FIRST is the only robotics program to have experienced mentors sitting beside the children of our world showing them how professionals think, learn, make appropriate decisions, and respond to change in a challenging, team-oriented, dynamic environment."
- Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST
"Our 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, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership."
Our team experiences the value of FIRST's mission every build season. By working on the robot, animation, and website, our members gain valuable experience. Our work for the FIRST Robotics Competition encourages both the team's and the community's interest in science, engineering, and technology. In the words of our mentor, Jason Buhler, FRC "grows people." Because of our participation in the competition, our members become better, and more developed people daily in both technical and non-technical aspects.