FIRST Robotics:

FIRST is a multinational, non-profit organization that has grown from only 28 teams in 1992 to over 19,000 teams. During the season, student participation is expected to reach over 210,000.

Vision:

�To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes.� Dean Kamen, Founder

Mission:

To change the way society views science and engineering while encouraging students to pursue careers in these fields. To accomplish this, FIRST has developed a competition which incorporates robots that is as cool and hip as any sporting event.

Values:

�Gracious Professionalism� is a way of doing things. Not only does it teach students to treat each other with respect and kindness even during the heat of battle, but it also encourages them to take pride in their work. �Coopertition� is an innovative way of competing. It teaches students to cooperate and help their opponents even during the fiercest of matches.

Impact:

FIRST changes thousands of student�s life every year. A recent study showed that students of similar backgrounds and academic experienced were compared that those who had participated in FIRST were: Three times more likely to major in engineering. Ten times more likely to have had an apprenticeship, internship or co-op job during their freshman year. More likely to obtain a post graduate degree. Twice as likely to pursue a career in science and technology. Four times more likely to pursue a career in engineering. Twice as likely to volunteer.

Programs:

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for grades 9-12

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for grades 9-12

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) for grades 4-8

Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL) for grades K-3

Scholarships:

Each year over $12 million in college scholarships are available to students who participate on a FIRST Robotics team. There are over 746 individual scholarship opportunities. There are over 136 Scholarship Providers which include colleges/universities, professional associations, and corporations. This page is a brief overview of FIRST. To learn more visit their website 

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