For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
What is FIRST:
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics is an organization whose mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders. FIRST does this by engaging students in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills which inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life skills which include: self-confidence, communication, and leadership. FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Human Transporter. It is made up of more than 2,500 FRC teams and over 50,000 students who travel from throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Turkey, Chile, Germany, Israel, Mexico, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom to compete in numerous regional events, and Championships, which are held annually in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. Many teams have large corporate sponsors some which include: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Google, and General Motors. The teams are given a task for their robot in the beginning of January and must complete and ship their robot in six weeks. Check out the FIRST website at
At the beginning of January the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) challenge is revealed. Teams are given just six weeks to build, test, and ship a robot that can complete the tasks necessary to compete in an arena with, and against other robots. The regional competitions begin in March and conclude with the championship in April. Along with the contests between the robots, the teams compete for numerous awards that celebrate design, leadership, safety, and gracious professionalism.
To learn more about each year’s specific task, check out the page on Our Robots and the Competition