The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders." Dean Kamen, Founder
It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members of 10 teams) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.