What Is FIRST®?
The mission of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is to encourage students of all ages to pursue scientific or technical careers, to build self-confidence and to develop problem solving skills. Founded in 1989 by famous inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, the competition has grown from its small beginning to more than 1,300 teams with more than thirty-two thousand students.

For high school students, the FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams to create a robot capable of playing a "universal game." Optional areas of judging include the Autodesk Visualization Award (a 30 second computer animation), Website, Autodesk Inventor Award, and Entrepreneurship. 

However, as founder Dean Kamen might say, “FIRST isn’t about robots. It’s about people”. Teams of people in fact, students working together with experienced mentors and generous sponsors, to strive for excellence and elegance, a concept best verbalized as “gracious professionalism”.

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology". It hosts innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and careers in 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." (usfirst.org)  In the FIRST Program there are multiple different levels of  competition ranging from elementary students to high school seniors. FIRST Robotics challenges students to determine the best possible solution for a specific goal determined in the early weeks of Janurary. Students then have six weeks to design, build, and program a robot for the task asigned...​​