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Learn, Grow, Serve

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

FIRST Robotic Competition 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.

  • Methodology

Engage kids in kindergarten through high school in exciting, Mentor-based, research and robotics programs that help them become science and technology leaders, as well as well-rounded contributors to society.

FIRST Values

  • Gracious Professionalism

Dr. Woodie Flowers,  FIRST National Advisor and Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, coined the term "Gracious Professionalism®."

Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.

In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.

  • Coopertition

Coopertition® produces innovation. At FIRST, Coopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.

Coopertition involves learning from teammates. It is teaching teammates. It is learning from mentors. And it is managing and being managed. Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can.

FIRST works closely with research and academic organizations to provide tangible evidence of our impact on students’ education and career choices.

  • Founder
Dean Kamen is a prolific inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST. For over 25 years, Kamen has resolutely led the growth of FIRST to where it is now universally recognized as the leading, not-for-profit STEM engagement program for kids worldwide
FIRST Logo Motion- 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition game.
Playing pieces are inner tubes shaped like the components of the FIRST logo. Robots placed them on racks at various heights to gain points. In the endgame, robots deployed smaller robots ("minibots") to climb a tower.

FIRST Breakaway - 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition game. 

Robots directed soccer balls into goals; traversed bumps on the field; suspended themselves and others on towers; and go through tunnels located in the center of the field.

FIRST Lunacy- 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition game.

The name and some of the features of the game honored the 40th anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon (Latin: Luna).

FIRST OverDrive - 2008 FIRST Robotics Competition game
A game designed to be an intense race around the track, robots move large 40-inch diameter balls around the track. Robots scored bonus points, when the large balls are put over the overpass across the width of the field.
FIRST Rack 'N' Roll - 2007 FIRST Robotics Competition game 
The object of the game is to attain a higher score than your opponent ALLIANCE by placing toroidal GAME PIECES on the central goal structure (the RACK), and/or by having ROBOTS in their HOME ZONE and not in contact with the playing field at the end of the match.

FIRST Power Up - 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition

Robots move "Power Cubes" to various heights and climb at the end of the match.

FIRST SteamWorks - 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition

Robots scored points by shooting fuel into boilers, placing gears on an airship, and climbing, at the end.

FIRST Stronghold - 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition game
Points are scored by crossing elements of the tower's outer works, shooting boulders into the opposing tower's goals in order to lower the tower strength, and by surrounding and scaling the tower
FIRST Recycle Rush - 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition game.
 It involves picking up and stacking totes on scoring platforms, putting pool noodles ("litter") inside recycling containers, and putting recycle bins on top of scoring stacks of totes.
FIRST Aerial Assist -  2014 FIRST Robotics Competition game.
Robots pass large 20″ diameter exercise balls between each other and eventually scoring them in goals at the end of the field.
FIRST Ul­ti­mate As­cent - 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition game.
 Ro­bots shot discs into their Alliance’s goals, which are at various heights with unique points.
FIRST Rebound Rumble - 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition game.
Styled similarly to basketball, robots manipulate and shoot 8″ foam basketballs into hoops at various heights.