What is FIRST?

What is FIRST ?

Most people who have never heard of or gotten involved in FIRST might ask: What exactly is FIRST?
Let’s see how some of our team members answer the question.


FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology". It is a non profit organization that aims to inspire students in the engineering and technology fields. The program was founded by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flower in 1989. FIRST has become a large and influential organization that has motivated generations of students to become the future of America’s innovation.

How big has it become? Here are some statistics from the FIRST official website:

2012 FIRST Robotics Competition
  • 1. 2,300+ teams
  • 2. 58,000+ high-school students (Grades 9-12)
  • 3. 52 Regional Events; 1 State Championship; 1 Region Championship; 14 District Competitions
  • 4. FIRST Robotics Competition Championship at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO, April 25-28, 2012
  • 5. Robots are built in 6 weeks from a common kit of parts provided by FIRST, and weigh up to 120 lbs. (excluding battery and bumpers)
Why so many students, parents and teachers are attracted to FIRST? One major factor influencing their decision is the FIRST spirit. The First Spirit encompasses hard work, cooperation with team and community members, and respect for different ideas.

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