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The FIRST Mission

"Our mission 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.  

FIRST At a Glance

FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen with the help of more than 120,000 volunteers, has granted more than 16 million dollars in college scholarships, has interested 303,000 students, and created more than 25,000 robots.

The Impact of FIRST

FIRST works closely with research and academic organizations to provide tangible evidence of its impact on students’ education and career choices. They work for over a period of up to five years and comparing changes in key outcomes to those of a comparison group of young people who are not involved in FIRST


FIRST thrives with the continued support of a comprehensive network of Fortune 500 corporations, educational and professional institutions, foundations, and individuals. Through the resources they provide, sponsors are helping FIRST build the school-to-career pipeline that helps FIRST students thrive.