FIRST Robotics


FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen to inspire students in the fields of science and technology through competition.

FIRST provides four competitions each year spanning from the elementry level to junior high: FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC ), FIRST LEGO League (FLL ), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC ), and Junior FIRST LEGO League (JFLL ).


The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, 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." -Founder Dean Kamen

Our FIRST Experience

Since our rookie year of 2016 we as a team have grown and improved in unpredictable ways. To read on some of our progress over time, visit our Robot Page.

Additional Information:

  • Founder: Dean Kamen
  • President: Donald E. Bossi
  • Board of Directors
Global Reach
  • 460,000+ students
  • 52,000+ teams
  • 40,000+ robots built
  • 120,000+ Mentors and Supporters
  • 110,000+ Additional Volunteers and Partners
  • FIRST Robotics Competition for Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • FIRST Tech Challenge for Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • FIRST LEGO League for Grades 4-8 (ages 9-16; 9-14 in the U.S. and Canada)
  • Junior FIRST LEGO League for Grades K-3 (ages 6-9)
  • FIRST Place for ages 6 to adult
Source: First Inspires