FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity 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.
It’s More Than Robots
It’s about completing a very challenging project with limits on your budget and a firm deadline. It’s about working on teams, help from caring and knowledgeable mentors and peers, Gracious Professionalism, helping an opponent.
The Design and Build Experience
Six weeks of high intensity work with a hard stop. Planning and thinking. Assigning tasks. Applying formulas and knowledge. Arguing and collaborating. Trusting and challenging your colleagues. Trial and error. Success and failure. Experiential learning.
Learning To Innovate
Learning from teammates. Teaching teammates. Learning from Mentors. Often the students’ first experience in managing and being managed by their peers in a “mini corporation.” (Coopertition.)
Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process.
“FIRST gives kids the opportunity to develop the muscle between their ears; to gain experience that will directly affect their future and our future as well.”—Dean Kamen, FIRST Founder
More than 2,400 high school teams are building robots, with more than 60,000 students participating.
Watch 4 minutes FTC video introducing FTC.
For more information visit the FIRST website.