FIRST (for inspiration and recognition of science and technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Programs range from kindergarten to high school and scholarships of over 20 million are available for higher education. Based in Manchester, NH, the not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
How does this happen? By creating a fun and interesting atmosphere, mentors and volunteers work with teams of students to design, develop and compete at events with robots. They learn about team work, problem solving, innovation and leadership.
Founder, Dean Kamen, is transforming our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.