What does FIRST stand for?
FIRST Web Site
FIRST Mission Statement
As a FIRST Team our goal is to inspire in young people, their school and
community an appreciation of science and technology, and of how mastering
these can enrich the lives of all.
The FIRST Robotics Competition is an exciting, multinational competition
that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design
problem in an intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing,
career-molding experience and a lot of fun. The competition reaches more
than 400,000 students in over 3000 teams. Our teams
come from over sixty countries including Canada, Brazil, Japan, Mexico,
Isreal, the U.K., Australia, and almost every U.S. state. The competitions
are high-tech spectator sporting events, the result of lots of focused
brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, project timelines,
Colleges, universities, corporations, businesses, and individuals provide scholarships to our participants. In 2016, more 30 million dollars in scholarship opportunities are available. Involved engineers experience again many of the reasons they chose engineering as a profession, and the companies they work for contribute to the community while they prepare and create their future workforce. The competition shows students that the technological fields hold many opportunities and that the basic concepts of science, math, engineering, and invention are exciting and interesting.